literal meaning of the word
Anemia (also spelled
lacking blood or without blood.
suffering from the condition known as
a deficiency of
blood cells and/or
is a protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen
throughout the body.
reduces the ability of your blood to transfer oxygen to the
various tissues throughout the body. There are three main
The causes include the following:
Hemorrhage – excessive blood loss.
Hemolysis – excessive red blood cell destruction.
Deficient red blood cell production
possible blood disorders,
the most common. There are several kinds of
produced by a variety of underlying causes. Consider the
following Anemia classifications:
goes undetected in many people; however, understanding what
the potential symptoms may be will help people to diagnose
The following is a list of symptoms, which should be reviewed
Shortness of breath
most common type of
Iron Deficiency Anemia
is caused when a person’s dietary intake or iron absorption is
insufficient. Iron is a critical part of
Thus, low iron level will decrease the quantities of
in red blood cells causing poor oxygenation of the various
tissues of the body. Much less common causes of
hemoglobinopathies such as
develops for a variety of reasons although many of the causes
are rare in relation to
Iron Deficiency Anemia.
As a result of the variety of
is referred to and named using the following distinctions in
addition to the classifications listed above:
– caused by abnormal production of red blood cells.
– caused by the bone marrow’s inability to produce blood
– caused by a deficiency of either vitamin B12 or folic acid
– caused by the inability to absorb vitamin B12 from food.