You have been feeling overly fatigued, dizzy and unmotivated. A friend suggests you might have anemia, so what are some common signs?
Anemia is a condition that causes poorly functioning or abnormally formed red blood cells (RBCs). The signs and symptoms of anemia are related to the type of anemia, severity and underlying cause.
Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common type. It occurs when the body does not have enough iron to properly make hemoglobin, a protein needed to carry oxygen inside RBCs.
Other causes of anemia include B12 deficiency, genetic disorders, inflammatory diseases and lead poisoning.
Since iron-deficiency anemia is most prevalent, here are a few of the most common signs that you might have this type of anemia:
It is important to know that some people do not experience any symptoms when they have anemia. Many of the symptoms of anemia are also symptoms of other conditions, so it is important to see a doctor to be sure.
The only way to diagnose anemia is with a blood test and medical exam; therefore you will need to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. There are many underlying causes of anemia, so a doctor will need to identify which type you have.
If you think your anemia is caused by iron deficiency, you should not take iron supplements without a doctor’s recommendation. You can always eat high-iron foods to see if that helps you feel better. These include red meat, liver, beans and fortified cereals. The right diagnosis and treatment plan is the best way to feel better right away.