Anaemia affects people of all ages
What is Anaemia and How Does it Affect the Body?
Anaemia is a disease that affects the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. This can result in fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms as the body's tissues and organs are deprived of oxygen. Red blood cells and the haemoglobin they contain are necessary for transporting oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body, so a lack of either can lead to anaemia.
Causes of Anaemia: Who is at Risk?
Certain people are at a higher risk of developing anaemia than others. These include individuals with diets low in iron and some vitamins, long-lasting illnesses such as kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. Inherited anaemia is also a risk factor, as well as long-term infections such as tuberculosis or HIV, and significant blood loss from injury or surgery.
Symptoms of Anaemia: How to Recognize the Signs
The symptoms of anaemia can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Mild anaemia may cause no symptoms at all, while more severe cases can lead to fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, pale skin, dizziness, and headaches. It's important to recognize the signs of anaemia and seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.
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Treating Anaemia: Options and Recommendations
Treatment for anaemia depends on the underlying cause of the condition.
In conclusion, anaemia is a common condition that can have serious consequences if left untreated. By understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for anaemia, individuals can take steps to manage the condition and maintain their overall health and wellbeing.
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