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Used special diet for: Anemia and blood disorders (adults)

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For sample adults age 18+ in 2007 who had used a special diet in the past 12 months (DITATKINYR, DITMACYR, DITORNYR, DITPRITYR, DITSBYR, DITVEGYR, or DITZONYR) and had used a special diet to treat a specific health problem or condition (DITTREAT), DITTBLOOD indicates whether the person had used a special diet to treat anemia and blood disorders (adults).

Related Variables

Anemia and blood disorders (adults), was one of 72 possible specific conditions that sample adults (but not sample children) could report treating with a special diet.


The other such conditions are:

  • excessive use of alcohol or tobacco (DITTALCTOB, 2007 only)
  • arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia (DITTARTHLF, 2002 only)
  • bowel problems and constipation (DITTBOWL, 2002 only)
  • congestive heart failure (DITTCONGHF, 2002 only)
  • other nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome (DITTCTS)
  • dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease (DITTDEMENT, 2007 only)
  • inflammatory bowel disease (DITTINFB, 2007 only)
  • irregular heartbeat (DITTIRRH, 2002 only)
  • joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition (DITTJNTPAIN)
  • macular degeneration (DITTMACD, 2002 only)
  • allergy to medication (DITTMALL, 2002 only)
  • memory loss or loss of other cognitive function (DITTMEMLOS, 2007 only)
  • missing limbs (fingers, toes or digits), amputee (DITTMLIMB)
  • circulation problems (other than in the legs) (DITTNLCIRC)
  • other allergies--adults (DITTOALLA, 2007 only)
  • other heart condition or disease (DITTOHART)
  • other infectious diseases (DITTOINF, 2007 only)
  • knee problems (not arthritis, not joint injury) (DITTOKNEE)
  • Parkinson's disease (DITTPARK, 2002 only)
  • polio (myelitis), paralysis, para/quadriplegia (DITTPOLIO)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (DITTRHEUM, 2007 only)
  • substance abuse, other than alcohol or tobacco (DITTSUBST, 2007 only)
  • varicose veins, hemorrhoids (DITTVEIN)

Additionally, there are 31 other conditions that both sample adults and sample children could report treating with a special diet. For the full list of conditions, see DITTREAT.

Special diet is one of 16 modalities of alternative medicine that were included in the 2002 and 2007 Alternative Health Supplement. Persons could report treating anemia and blood disorders (adults) by 15 of those methods. (The omitted alternative treatment is prayer, which was included as a treatment for specific health problems in the 2002 survey only. See PRASELFEV for more information.) Analysts interested in the treatment of anemia and blood disorders (adults) by other alternative therapies should see DITATKINYR for the full list of alternative medicine treatments and a summary of other special diet-related questions, as well as definitions.


This variable is only available for 2007. Treatment of many other specific conditions by a special diet was covered in the 2002 Alternative Health Supplement, but anemia and blood disorders (adults) was not identified as a specific condition for treatment by alternative medicine in that year.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have used a special diet during the past 12 months and have used a special diet for a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2007