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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is anemia?

Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

Symptoms of anemia

  • Feel lightheaded

  • Fatigue

  • Abnormalities in sense of taste

  • Easily fatigued

  • Unintentional weight loss of more than 5% or 1-2kg in a month

  • Dizziness

  • Feel unsteady or floating when I am standing

  • Fatigue that is worst in the morning

Questions your doctor may ask to check for anemia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose anemia

  • Have you had any lightheadedness recently?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Have you felt your sense of taste has changed recently?

  • Do you get tired easily?

  • Have you had unintentional weight loss of more than 2 kgs in a month?

Treatment for anemia

Treatment of anemia depends on the cause. Incase of iron deficiency anemia, iron may be taken orally as supplements or injected into the vein. Severe cases of anemia may require blood transfusion. Dietary modifications are necessary.

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References

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    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0025712516303443?via%3Dihub

  • Schümann K, Solomons NW. Perspective: What Makes It So Difficult to Mitigate Worldwide Anemia Prevalence? Adv Nutr. 2017 May 15;8(3):401-408. doi: 10.3945/an.116.013847. PMID: 28507005; PMCID: PMC5421119.

    https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/8/3/401/4558077

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