Ten symptoms of anemia you should not ignore
Anemia can alert you with some “silent” symptoms that you should be aware of and identify them in order to get treatment in time.
Check out 10 symptoms that indicate you have anemia:
1. You often have dizziness
Without the necessary amount of iron, vitamin B12 cannot produce enough hemoglobin and therefore protein, which is vital for red blood cell function.
Hemoglobin, which gives blood its red color, allows oxygen to bind to cells so they can carry it throughout the body. Reduced hemoglobin results in less oxygen being carried to the brain, following in dizziness.
2. You feel tired
One of the most common symptoms of anemia is feeling constantly tired. Fatigue is, again, caused by the reduced amount of hemoglobin and thus less oxygen circulating in the blood.
3. Your skin looks pale
If your red blood cells aren’t healthy enough to supply your organs with oxygen, you can’t expect your body’s largest organ- skin, to be healthy. Without iron and vitamin B12, skin does not get necessary blood supply, therefore its color can become more yellow and pale, losing redness consequently.
4. You have chest pain
When red blood cells don’t carry enough oxygen, the heart works harder to move blood around the body. This makes heart beats faster than normal, causing you to start feeling pain in your chest due to the tension.
You should be very careful with these pain because there may be a risk of developing heart problems over time.
5. You are pregnant or you lose too much blood
During pregnancy your body produces up to 40% more fluid (plasma), causing your blood volume to increase by 20% to 30%. This increase in volume may cause “thinning” of the blood. This hemodilution is often associated with a drop in hematocrit, which becomes greater mainly in the last stage of pregnancy and is not considered pathological.
You are also more likely to have anemia if you have gastrointestinal problems, ulcers, hemorrhoids, or stomach inflammation.
6. You follow vegetarian diet
Since iron is found in soybeans, dark green leafy vegetables and tofu, in addition to red meat of course, it is possible even for vegetarians to get enough iron.
However, vitamin B12 cannot be obtained from plant sources. Thus, those following a vegetarian diet should take a vitamin B12 supplement.
7. You crave weird snacks like ice cubes
One of the most unusual symptoms of anemia is propensity to crave non-nutritious snacks, edible or not, such as ice cubes or various soil residues or even pencil scarps. This tendency (called Pica syndrome in scientific circles) has been associated with iron deficiency, without yet being scientifically explained.
8. Your extremities are cold
When your red blood cells aren’t healthy enough, heat isn’t transferred to the rest of the cells so you are more prone to feeling cold in your hands and feet.
9. You have frequent headaches
If you notice that you are getting headaches more often than usual, then you should get your iron level checked. Frequent headaches indicate that not enough oxygen is reaching the brain.
10. You have arrhythmias or fast heartbeats
Without enough hemoglobin the heart has to work harder to transport oxygen. This leads to feeling like your heart is beating irregularly and fast.
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