Protein-Deficiency Anemia

  • Iván Bernát


Protein malnutrition results in a moderate anemia. Studies in children with kwashiorkor (Coward and Whitehead, 1972) have shown that the hemoglobin concentration does not fall until there is actual body wasting. The role of pure protein deficiency is difficult to determine in the human subject because it is likely to be associated with other nutritional deficiencies, e.g., folic acid, iron, vitamin B12. A study in Vietnam (Le Xuan Chat et al., 1971), involving pregnant women, nonpregnant women, and men, showed a deficiency of iron, B12, and folic acid in 40%, a dual deficiency in 20%, and an isolated deficiency of one of the substances in 24%, the major cause of the deficiencies being an inadequate diet and/or chronic parasitic infection rather than pregnancy. Because of these complications, pure protein-deficiency anemia is probably better studied in the experimental animal.


Folic Acid Iron Metabolism Protein Deficiency Session Paper Moderate Anemia 
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