Welcome to the May 2018 newsletter.
As I prepare for my overseas trip I hope have all had your “flu vaccine and are keeping warm as winter approaches.
This month’s newsletter focuses on anaemia. Anaemia is often an underdiagnosed problem in the older population, as it is perceived that we “slow down” as we get older anyway, so it is sometimes overlooked.
Thinking about our frail elderly who may have a reduced appetite, inability to chew possibly due to ill-fitting dentures they may have reduced intake of iron rich foods like red meat.
Haemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells and is responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
If there is a lower amount of red blood cells in the body, or there is a lower amount of haemoglobin within the available red blood cells, the blood cannot supply the body with an adequate amount of oxygen.
The symptoms of anaemia occur due to a lack of oxygen available in the bodies tissues.