Anemia is the most common blood disorder. Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia. Anemia is caused when there is not enough healthy red blood cells to transport oxygen to the body’s organs. Iron deficiency anemia is caused when the body lack enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a substance found in red blood cells. The substance also helps in the production and transportation of the oxygen to the body’s organs. Without enough hemoglobin, there will not be enough oxygen.
There are many different symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. The most common symptoms include fatigue, decreased energy and weakness. Without enough iron and oxygen, the body will experience reduced ability to function and increased weakness. This will also make you very tired and sluggish. Shortness of breathe, headache and dizziness are also common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. Some other symptoms that may occur are cold hands and feet, brittle nails, irregular heartbeat, restless leg syndrome and poor appetite.
There are a few causes for iron deficiency anemia. Lack of iron in your diet is a common cause of iron deficiency anemia. We get most of our iron from our diet. So if we do not get enough of it, the body will have a decreased amount. Some food that contain a lot of iron are red meat, peas, eggs and dairy products. Blood loss can also attribute to iron deficiency anemia. If you have sustained an injury that caused a lot of blood loss, your body may not have sufficient iron levels to produce hemoglobin. This will cause the anemia. Pregnancy is in many cases, associated with iron deficiency anemia. Pregnant women need to have higher levels of iron does help produce enough hemoglobin for themselves and for the fetus. If the iron intake is not supplemented, chances are the woman will get iron deficiency anemia.
Treatment for iron deficiency anemia is usually very simple. Taking an iron supplement will usually boost your iron levels so that the hemoglobin production can increase. If your anemia is very mild, you may be able to supplement the iron level by changing your diet to include more iron-rich foods. If it is moderate, you will probably have to take an iron supplemental pill or a multi-vitamin that contains iron. This will help the iron levels and get rid of the anemia. If the iron deficiency anemia was brought on by blood loss, you may need to have a blood transfusion. This will only be used in a worst case scenario and doctors will usually try every other option first.
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