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Professors create diet plan that cures anaemia

Two professors from a college in Parel have come up with a diet plan that can increase haemoglobin count in two months without the need for iron supplements.

mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2013 10:00 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times

After finding many young girls suffering from anaemia because they lacked iron in their diet, two professors from a college in Parel have come up with a diet plan that can increase haemoglobin count in two months without the need for iron supplements.

Anaemia is a condition caused by a decrease in the number of red blood cells or low quantity of haemoglobin in the blood.

It leads to frequent headaches, hair loss, dull complexion, weakness, loss of concentration, and so on.

Associate professors of zoology, Manisha Kayande and Supriya Deshpande, from Maharashi Dayanand College have developed a special diet that will help girls stay fit even as they rush between classes.

The diet’s success was evident when the proportion of girls in the college who suffered from anaemia reduced from 80% to 57% within two months.

The University Grants Commission provided Rs1 lakh for the study.

Of the 4,000 students in the college, the professors identified 100 girls who had health problems related to low haemoglobin count.

Around 50 girls aged between 19 and 21 from this group were put on a special diet for two months and the other 50 were part of a controlled group.

The special daily diet comprised steamed pulses; five to six dates, kokam, amla or lemon juice at 9.30am every day.

Now, the professors are creating awareness about it in their neighbouring schools and colleges.

First Published: Aug 06, 2013 09:57 IST