What is Anemia?
Anemia is a condition in which the body has an inadequate number of red blood cells. Produced by the bone marrow, red blood cells are integral to the process of providing oxygen to the body and of removing carbon dioxide.
Three main categories that can cause Anemia:
- Blood Loss
- Failure to Make Enough Normal Red Blood Cells or Hemoglobin
- Rapid Destruction of Red Blood Cells
Severity and type of the condition (such as Nutritional, iron-deficiency or folic acid deficiency) will determine the symptoms, more common ones include:
- Loss of stamina
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart beat
Thankfully most cases of Anemia are discovered early on due to the nature of regular blood tests, and treatments may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Blood transfusions (in acute cases)
A diet rich in recommended vitamins (with special vitamins for pregnant females) and regular check-ups can help prevent the onset of Anemia.
For more in-depth information about Anemia, that greatly expands upon this summary, please visit our Health Guide.