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Anemia is the direct result of an abnormal decrease in the body's red blood cells. If you have passed a lot of blood lately, you may be anemic as a result.

Red blood cells work to keep hemoglobin healthy. Hemoglobin is the protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. There's a bit of a balancing act here in how this all works together with iron to get your body the oxygen it needs. When you lose a lot of blood the body adapts by adding water to the circulating blood volume. This, in turn, causes less and less oxygen filled hemoglobin to be circulated and eventually results in oxygen starvation.

In an effort to get more oxygen, your heart is forced to pump harder and faster than normal. In the meanwhile, all of your other organs need oxygen too and your body attempts to determine which organs need oxygen the least in order to preserve itself and survive. Generally, your skin loses out first, which is why anemic, light-skinned people look extremely pale. Your kidneys are the very next organs in line to receive reduced oxygen flow. Other side effects of anemia are:

So what in the world can you do about anemia? First off, a simple blood test will determine whether or not you are anemic. After anemia is confirmed, your doctor may direct you to take iron supplementation.

Blood loss and subsequent anemia are two primary symptoms that you need to keep an eye on and work closely with your doctor to keep it under control as much as possible. Fibroids can suck the life out of you all right. Lack of hemoglobin and subsequent lack of oxygen flowing through your body is a major hindrance to even getting out of bed in the morning. You don't want to ignore these symptoms. At all.

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Can you tell I like this doctor? He writes clearly and comprehensively and sticks with the science.
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