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Anemia Prevalence among Pregnant Women Declines According to FNRI-DOST Survey

Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso.,RUMD

The recent survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) revealed that the prevalence of iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) for pregnant women had apparently declined from 50.7 to 43.9%. However, the rate is still high. This finding seems to imply the effectiveness of existing nutrition programs to prevent and control iron deficiency anemia (IDA) among pregnant women.

IDA is a condition characterized by a decrease in the concentration of hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is necessary for transporting oxygen to tissues and organs in the body. The reduction in oxygen available to organs and tissues when hemoglobin levels are low is responsible for many of the symptoms experienced by anemic people. The consequences of IDA include general body weakness, frequent tiredness, and lowered resistance to disease.

Iron deficiency is the most common known form of nutritional deficiency among young children and women of childbearing age particularly pregnant women. In pregnant women, it increases the risk for a pre-term delivery and delivering a low-birth weight baby.

The usual Filipino diet does not meet the recommended amount for iron for pregnant women. Thus, intake of iron-rich foods such as red meat, liver, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables (kulitis, malunggay, kangkong, gabi leaves, kintsay, saluyot, kamote tops); legume family (beans, soybeans); seaweeds (kulot, balbalulang, gamet, lato); and iron-fortified foods is needed. The intake of supplements is recommended, if necessary, to meet the iron requirement.

For more information on food and nutrition, you may write or call: The Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel./Fax: 8372934, 8373164; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri@dost.gov.ph

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