Anaemia diagnosis ‘improves quality of life’

9 June 2014

The diagnosis and treatment of anaemia is important to improve the quality of life among women who experience heavy periods, suggests a new study from Hyvinkää Hospital in Finland.

Scientists suggest medical professionals screen for the condition and recommend iron supplements to those suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding - also known as menorrhagia.

Without dietary supplements, over time menorrhagia can reduce the iron stores in the body. Previous research has demonstrated how iron deficiency anaemia can impact a woman’s physical performance, cognitive function, mood and quality of life.

For the new study, researchers analysed the impact of anaemia and iron deficiency on health-related quality of life in 236 women who were receiving treatment for menorrhagia.

The participants were separated into two groups: those with hemoglobin levels less than 120 g/L - who would be defined as being anaemic - and those with levels above 120 g/L.

After one year of treatment, hemoglobin levels had increased in both groups, although those classed as anaemic had lower levels compared to the other participants.

Dr Pirkko Peuranpää, lead author of the study, commented:  "Our findings suggest that clinicians should screen for anaemia in women with heavy menstrual bleeding and recommend early iron supplementation as part of the treatment process."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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