The reality of Anemia
When blood has a lack of hemoglobin or red blood cells, a condition called anemia is developed. Hemoglobin is responsible for oxygen transport. It is the main part of red blood cells. If you have abnormal or too few red blood cells or lack or too much of hemoglobin, your cells won’t get enough oxygen.
This means that cells and organs cannot function properly. Due to this, fatigue is the main symptom of anemia. In the US, anemia affects about 3.5 million people. It is the most common blood condition! People with chronic diseases and women are at higher risk of anemia development.
Women in their childbearing years are at higher risk of anemia development. Due to blood loss during menstruation and higher blood demand during pregnancy, they can develop iron-deficiency anemia. Infants may be affected with some forms of anemia from the time of birth.
Older people are also at higher risk, due to poor diet and their body has reduced ability to absorb all needed nutrients.
There are many forms of anemia. One of them is iron-deficiency anemia. It is very treatable with iron supplements and diet change. Anemia during pregnancy is considered as normal. Scientists discovered more than 400 types of anemia. Anemia can be caused by blood loss, red blood cell destruction and reduced red blood cell production.
Anemia caused by blood loss, can be a result of long and slow blood loss. The reasons for that can be: ulcers, gastritis, cancer and hemorrhoids. Ulcers and gastritis can be caused by anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen and aspirin). Blood loss during menstruation or childbirth can be also responsible for development of anemia.