Anemia is a health condition that can affect anyone at anytime, although it should also be noted that there are people who are at a much greater risk of suffering from the disease than others. Despite how common and widespread anemia happens to be, it would seem that the general public at large is unaware and woefully misinformed as to what it is, what the effects of it are, and how it can be (hopefully) treated and controlled in the long term. The purpose of this article is to educate the reader as to the nature of the anemia condition, in order to make sure that they have a better chance of actually tackling the disease more readily and effectively.
What is anemia?
Anemia is a term that is used to refer to two related, but ultimately separate concepts. It can be used to refer to the process whereby a person has a lower than normal and safe level of red blood cells in their blood stream, as well as whenever a person happens to have a reduced volume of hameoglobin in the bloodstream.
Why is anemia such a worry?
Our body, and more specifically, all the organs within it such as the stomach, the kidneys, the heart, the lungs to name but a few, will all require sufficient levels of oxygen to be provided to them in order to allow them to more effectively and readily discharge their duties, and perform the various complex chemical reactions they are directly responsible for. With anemia the amount of oxygen that these organs receive is significantly impaired and reduced, and this can cause a myriad of potentially very serious health complaints in the long term.
What are the side effects noticed and endured by the disease?
The nature and severity of the symptoms can range from the mildly worrying to the potentially fatal. If the anemia is in the infancy stages, this means that the victim will suffer from extreme fatigue, not to mention an abnormally pale complexion. Their hands and feet will be extremely cold to touch, and will appear bluish to the naked eye. The degree of severity of the anemia will dictate how blue their hands are.
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