What are the Signs of Anemia
Signs & Symptoms of Anemia
People today often go about their business and their lives without being aware that they are afflicted with anemia and that they need to do something about it. This article will help you better understand anemia and know the signs and symptoms of anemia so that you will know anemia when you see it.
More and more people today are being afflicted with anemia and don’t even know about it.
Most of these people are women and men who do not have a balanced diet. But what exactly is anemia and how will one know if one has anemia? Anemia is a disease where one has insufficient amount of red blood cells in your blood or insufficient level of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a pigment found in the red blood cells that carry the much needed oxygen all over your body. Anemia, if left untreated may prove to be life-threatening as your body does not receive the oxygen it needs to function. Anemia can also lead to other more serious problems such as abnormal heartbeat and other heart problems.
Signs of Iron Deficiency Anemia
Before one can diagnose if one has anemia or not, it is important to determine what kind of anemia one has. There are normally different kinds of anemia, but for our purposes, we will focus on just two kinds of anemia. The more common kind of anemia is called the iron deficiency anemia, which is usually found in women. As the name may suggest, iron deficiency anemia is caused by lack or insufficient iron in the body which produces hemoglobin. There are generally three causes of iron deficiency anemia. These are blood loss, either due to another disease or due to external factors, difficulty of the body in absorbing iron or the lack or insufficient iron in your food intake. Some of the signs and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia include, among other things, paleness, tiredness, weakness, rapid breathing and low blood pressure. In more serious cases of iron deficiency anemia, one may also experience chest pains, heart palpitations, an irregular or increased heart rate and shortness of breath.
Signs of Vitamin B12 Anemia
Another kind of anemia is called the Vitamin B12 anemia. Like the iron deficiency anemia, the Vitamin B12 anemia is an inadequacy or failure to absorb the vitamin known B12 which is necessary not only for the manufacturing of red blood cells but also preservation and repair of the nervous system. There are four general causes of Vitamin B12 anemia. These are: the inadequacy of the body to produce a chemical that is combined with vitamin B12 in the intestine, which is called the intrinsic factor; the loss of the small intestines that absorb the vitamin B12; an affliction of a disease that affects the intestinal tract which is known as the Crohn’s disease; and an imbalanced diet. The signs and symptoms of Vitamin B12 anemia is the same as iron deficiency anemia but includes jaundice, depression and personality disorders, equilibrium deficiencies, confusion and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.