How Do You Know You Are Anaemic?
If the answer to the above questions is ‘YES’ you might want to consider getting tested for anaemia.The good news is anemia can be treated and people go on to live healthier, more productive lives.
Following are the tests done:-
The blood in our bodies is composed of three types of cells (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets) that circulate throughout the body.
Red blood cells contain hemoglobin (Hb), a red, iron-rich protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to all of the body's muscles and organs. Oxygen provides the energy the body needs for all of its normal activities. Anemia occurs when the number of red blood cells (or the Hb in them) falls below normal and the body gets less oxygen and therefore has less energy than it needs to function properly.WHAT CAUSES ANAEMIA?
Anemia occurs when the body produces too few red blood cells, loses too many of them, or if red blood cells are destroyed faster than they can be replaced.
There are close to 100 different types of anemia with many causes, including:
Evidence shows that people who suffer from the following serious diseases are at greatest risk of developing anemia:
Also at risk are:
Major symptoms of anemia include:
Because the symptoms of anemia are easily confused with the symptoms of other conditions, it is important to see a doctor for an evaluation if you are experiencing significant fatigue or other signs and symptoms listed above, or if you already have a serious disease.DIAGNOSING ANAEMIA
Doctors diagnose anemia with the help of a medical history, physical exam and blood tests, including a complete blood count (CBC) to measure levels of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood and other blood tests that will check for iron or vitamin deficiencies.
On average, a normal hemoglobin range should be between 12 and 18 g/dL (grams per deciliter of blood).TREATING ANAEMIA
The treatment of anemia varies greatly depending on the type. Your physician will help you determine the best treatment options, such as diet modification, or nutritional supplements, or medication, if needed.
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