Anemia Awareness Program/Department of Home Science

Anemia??? “Anemia is a condition in which you lack enough hemoglobin in your RBCs to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues.”

Anemia Awareness Program On 3rd of November 2021, thanks to the Department of  Home Science’s Anemia Screening and Awareness Program, students and teachers from Department of French and MTTM got the opportunity to discuss about their health worries with professional nurses, to get their red blood cells (hemoglobin concentration) tested, to get nutrition and healthy life habits advices during a personal diet counseling meeting!


Symptoms of Anemia:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat, or shortness of breath
  • Headache, dizziness, or light-headedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • An inflamed or sore tongue
  • brittle nails

Aplastic anemia:

Sickle cell anemia:

  • Yellowish skin, known as jaundice
  • Yellowish whites of the eyes, known as icterus
  • Fatigue or fussiness
  • Painful swelling of the hands and feet
  • Frequent infections, especially pneumonia
  • Fatigue and weakness

Pernicious anemia:

  • Tingling and numbness in hands and feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Loss of balance
  • Trouble walking
  • Weakened bones, leading to hip fractures
  • Neurological problems, such as confusion, dementia, depression, and memory loss
  • Nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal bloating and gas, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite, and weight loss
  • Enlarged liver
  • Smooth, thick, red tongue


Pernicious anemia occurs when the body can’t absorb enough vitamin B12 from food because it lacks a protein in the stomach called intrinsic factor, caused by autoantibodies to intrinsic factor or parietal cells. If you lack intrinsic factor, there is nothing you can do to prevent pernicious anemia caused by this.

Pernicious anemia can run in families, so having family members with the condition puts you at risk.

A very warm “Merci” to all organizers:

Department of  Home Science and Center for Research

Integrated Child Development Services

Amrita Institute of Medical Science

M. Sc. Food Science and Nutrition students




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Published On: November 3rd, 2021Categories: French Department Activities