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Sports And Anemia
Absolutely: Sure - anemai is when you don't have enough red cells, which carry oxygen to your body. If you don't have enough oxygen carrying capacity, you can't get as much oxygen to tissues that need this during exercise. If can make you tired, and certainly affect performance. That's why blood dopers or those who use drugs to increase red cells have an advantage (aka lance armstrong). ...Read more
Depends: It depends why are you anemic?Get a more detailed answer ›
My anemia keeps getting in the way of me doing physical sports, I during plenty of water and I take my pills everyday. Why is my energy limited?
Hi. I swim 2 per week and gym 4/w. Since lastyear I have had anemia in 3 tests. Improves with diet and iron pills, but return. Anemia related to sport?
Anemia: Would check for food intolerences especially gluten. You can have anemia with gluten intolerence without having celiac disease. Would also check B12, methylmalonic acid for pernicious anemia.Rarely in extremes of weather, temperature individuals who are sickle cell trait carriers, thalassemia or are G6PD deficient will react to high exercise so check for that. ...Read more
What can cause anemia? Do sport almost everyday. In a blood test had low iron just had another test to confirm it. Eat varied diet inc carbs meat&veg
Find the cause: Low serum iron, correct? It may be something as simple as heavy periods, or you may be losing blood from an ulcer or tumor. Your physician has a duty to you to figure out what's going on; many young women can't meet a woman's extra need for iron just with meat-eating though this is your easiest source for iron. ...Read more
Could this be anemia? My daughter is 13 yaers old 113 lbs. 5'4" active in sports. Sometimes around her menstral she passes out. At basketball practice she gets red, blotchy skin, - her knees turn allmost black- she gets winded before the others do and we
Since: Since your daughter's symptoms seem to be precipitated by exercise, one needs to look carefully at the heart with an echocardiogram. Possible causes for her symptoms would be valvular heart disease or asymetric septal hypertrophy. If she has not had an echo, I would insist on one before allowing her to particpate in sports. She could also be having an irregular heart beat brought on by exercise. Wearing a monitor while exercising would help determine if that was happening or not. And yes, anemia can cause reduced exercise tolerance, too. ...Read more
Two measurements: The first measurement is hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells). This is reported as grams per 100 ml (g/dl). Values <12 (14 for men) are considered anemic. The second is hematocrit. This indicates the % of volume of blood taken up by red blood cells. Values <36 (42 for men) are considered anemic. Note: different labs might have slightly differing normal ranges. ...Read more
Yes, depending on. .: Severity and intervention. Hematocrits can fall to where o2 delivery is insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder due to severe anemia. Death can occur. If anemia develops slowly, patients can compensate to even very low hematocrits, but then precipitously decompensate. In contrast, rapid development may preclude compensation w/ grave consequences. ...Read more
Hundreds of causes: It takes me an hour as a medical school lecturer just to basically rattle off the list. Heads up -- if you are iron deficient and eat a reasonable amount of meat (despite the disinformation, vegetables are poor in iron), you're likely losing blood possibly into the gut from serious disease. Don't let them miss it. Any physician can begin the anemia workup. Good luck. ...Read more
Type ; cause: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more
Polycythemia....: Is the fancy word for an excessive red cell mass. There is a myeloproliferative disorder (polycythemia vera-pv) that is characterized by a pathologically elevated hematocrit, and often dysfunction in the jak-stat signaling pathway. High o2 affinity hemoglobins are also associated with elevated rbcs. However, acquired elevations are more common, such as from smoking and decreased tissue oxygenation. ...Read more
Make sure you have a firm diagnosis of the cause of the anemia. It could be blood loss, which needs to be traced. If it is dietary lack, find out what is missing.
If you are iron deficient, and that is why you are anemic, eat red meats, poultry, and also molasses. But usually you need to take a supplement. If your anemia is caused by something else, you can't fix it easily by diet. ...Read more
Signs & symptoms...: Include fatigue, exercise intolerance, headache, pallor, etc. Therapy depends upon the underlying cause, and causes of anemia are many and varied. They can result from impaired rbc production (eg., nutritional deficiencies, marrow infiltration, etc), hematoma, blood loss (gi bleed, hemorrhage, epistaxis, etc.), hemolysis, thalassemia, hemoglobinopathies, etc. More specific info would help. ...Read more
3 basic kinds: You can lose blood (bleeding), destroy the blood cells in circulation (hemolysis) or not produce them (bone marrow problems or factor deficiencies). Each one of these has many subcategories and often they overlap. Certain lab tests and occasionally a bone marrow biopsy will usually disclose the reason. ...Read more
Yes, several are: Several types of anemia ("low blood", low hemoglobin) are genetic and inherited from one or both parents. Thalassemia is one example, and is quite common. Carriers have mutations on one chromosome and are mild to moderately anemic. Carriers often don't know they are carriers unless a doctor has checked blood tests. A fetus with mutations on both chromosomes may die from severe anemia before birth. ...Read more
Cooleys anemia: Coolew's anemia also known as thallasemia major is genetic disorder of blood. It is diagnosed by doing blood test.Cbc will show fewer healthy red blood cells and less hemoglobin. And it is confiemed by doing hemoglobin electophoresis, which will show abnormal hemoglobin. ...Read more
No: It is not normal to be anemic. Your body has ability to maintain a good status all the time. If you are anemic it means that those mechanisms have been overwhelmed and cannot keep anymore a proper balance. You should see your pcp and after some iron therapy if still anemic a more in depth work-up will be needed. ...Read more
Cooley's anemia: Beta thalassemia major/cooley's anemia can be presented with severe anemia that requires blood transfusion. Symptoms will include- extreme fatigue, pallor, failure to thrive, development problems (short stature, amenorrhea- dysfunction in sexual development), chest pain, shortness of breath, (they have problems with iron overload that leads to heart failure), abdominal pain, liver failure etc. ...Read more