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Know the Risk Factors of Anemia

By Kai Wade - Director of Communications & Social Media | September 16th, 2014

Anemia is the most common blood condition in the United States — as it affects nearly 3.5 million Americans. Anemia occurs when the blood lacks an adequate amount of red blood cells, often due to poor diet or disease.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute gives us the top risk factors:

  • Eating a poor diet that's deficient in minerals, vitamins or iron.
  • Being pregnant, which increases blood volume and draws iron and folic acid from the blood.
  • Having a baby, especially if the infant is born prematurely.
  • Losing blood, often due to injury or surgery.
  • Having a chronic illness or infection.
  • Having a family history of inherited anemia.

Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, pale skin, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, and cold feet or hands. Your doctor can diagnose anemia with a physical exam and blood tests. Get checked today!



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