Anemia: The Most Common Blood Condition That Anyone Can Develop
November 24, 2017 17:02
What is anemia?
Anemia is a condition in which your blood doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Lack of circulating red blood cells can result in hypoxia, meaning tissues in your body don’t get enough oxygen. This leads to a number of symptoms, the most common one being fatigue.
It’s estimated that about 3 million Americans have anemia. Anyone can develop anemia, but very young children, women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and seniors are at a higher risk. There are many factors that can cause the condition, and treatment depends on the underlying cause. In mild cases of anemia, there may be no symptoms, but anemia can be life-threatening if it’s severe.