Anemia

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Anemia is the most common blood condition in the United States, affecting millions of Americans. Women and people with chronic diseases are at increased risk of developing anemia. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Anemia develops when your blood is deficient in healthy red blood cells, the main transporter of oxygen to organs. If red blood cells are also deficient in hemoglobin, then your body isnt getting enough iron.

There are more than 400 types of anemia, which can be broadly classified into three categories:

Anemia caused by blood loss. This kind of chronic bleeding commonly results from gastrointestinal conditions such as ulcers, hemorrhoids, gastritis, cancer and heavy menstrual periods.

Anemia caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production, such as sickle cell anemia or myeloma, and

Anemia caused by decreased red blood cell production. This often occurs because of a lack of the mineral iron in the body.

Some forms of anemia, like the anemia that develops during pregnancy, are considered normal. Treatments for anemia range from taking supplements to undergoing medical procedures. You may be able to prevent some types of anemia by eating a healthy diet.

See your doctor if you suspect you have anemia because anemia can be a sign of serious illnesses.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.