Do you feel tired all the time? You may be anemic. Usually, anemia can be fixed with through diet. However, sometimes symptoms warrant a visit to the doctor.
1. Are You Anemic?
Some people develop anemia and are not even aware of it. But, there are some common symptoms. They are: feeling tired from morning to night, poor concentration, and a real lack of energy that prevents you from completing easy tasks.
2. Some Symptoms May Be More Severe
These are a number of more serious symptoms of anemia.Cold or numbness in your extremities, pale skin, shortness of breath, chest pain or an irregular heartbeat. (Because these symptoms can be indicative of a number of serious illness, call your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.)
3. What To Expect At Your MD Visit?
Your doctor will ask you a lot of questions while he takes a very detailed history. He will also do a very thorough exam. Finally, he will most likely order a blood test that will measure the iron level, among other things, in your blood.
4. The Results Of This Test Will Decide Your Course Of Treatment
Some anemias are caused by diseases of the blood, and may require hospitalization. Others are due to a Vitamin B12 deficiency and may require monthly injections. The third type type of iron deficiency is called iron deficiency anemia. This can be caused by an injury that results in severe blood loss, a heavy menstrual flow or a diet low in iron.
5. Iron Is Absorbed Through Your Upper Intestine
Here are some iron rich foods. Spinach, lentils and beans are great ways to increase your iron intake. Lean red meat can also help build up your iron. Sometimes, your MD will have you take an iron supplement.