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Why does anemia cause so much tiredness in its victims?

Why does anemia cause so much tiredness in its victims?

Oxygen binding: The hemoglobin molecule binds and carries oxygen to the tissues. When you are anemic your tissues are not getting the oxygen they need. When you exercise, the muscles demand more oxygen, so you get tired much easier. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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Does anemia cause tiredness ?

Does anemia cause tiredness ?

Yes: Short answer is yes. Mild anemia may not cause any symptoms at all. ...Read more

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Why does anemia cause fatigue?

Lower blood Oxygen: Anemia means that your red blood cells are lower than normal. This means there are less blood cells to carry oxygen to your muscles and tissue which can lead to fatigue. It is a very common condition in pregnancy and in women with heavy blood loss from the menstrual cycle. Usually anemia is treated with an iron supplement. There are other causes though so it should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Which type of anemia can cause fatigue?

Which type of anemia can cause fatigue?

Anemia: Anemia can be mild, moderate and severe depending upon the hemoglobin or hematocrit measure! as severity of anemia increases, it is proportional to the fatigue one experiences! usually anemia as a result of blood loss or hemolytic anemia or B12 deficiency causes more fatigue. Other causes such as anemia of chronic disease is mild and relatively asymptomatic or compensated. ...Read more

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I prevously had anemia but my levels are ok now, however I still tire very easily. What are some other causes of fatigue?

Many possibilities: There are many causes to fatigue. In addition to anemia, other possibilities include thyroid disorders, depression, anxiety, infections, insomnia (and the many causes to insomnia), diabetes and other chronic diseases, and a whole host of other maladies. Best to see your doctor to make a diagnosis after a thorough work up. ...Read more

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Is it the anemia the cause of my fatigue im anemic since im 20yrs old?

Is it the anemia the cause of my fatigue im anemic since im 20yrs old?

Maybe: It's possible but see your doctor to rule out other causes of fatigue. ...Read more

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Normal iron level but I have mild anemia...what can cause the anemia and what can I do about the fatigue if I should not take additional iron?

Normal iron level but I have mild anemia...what can cause the anemia and what can I do about the fatigue if I should not take additional iron?

Energy: Good quality, 7 to 9 hour regular sleep, outdoor activity daily in the sun, aerobic 45 minute moderate exercise like swift walking and small balanced meals all increase energy. Eat food that improve iron absorption such as vitamin C in citrus fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, melons, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries. Eat high iron foods like Red meat, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, and Beans. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had been tested for anemia because of extreme tirdness but my iron levels came back fine. does a cold/flu cause inflammation?

What do you recommend if I had been tested for anemia because of extreme tirdness but my iron levels came back fine. does a cold/flu cause inflammation?

Iron and anemia: Iron is not the best test for anemia, as deficiency is just one possible (common) cause. General fatigue can be associated with the response to infections like cold or flu. Best to correlate the course of disease, symptoms and overall lab results, rather than just a few. ...Read more