Anemia is a condition in which your blood has a below normal red blood cell count or if your red blood cells don’t have enough hemoglobin, the iron-rich protein. Too little hemoglobin in red blood cells effects the body’s ability to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
Many types of anemia are mild, short term, and can be easily treated. Some types of anemias can be prevented with a healthy diet. Other types can be treated with dietary supplements, like iron or B12. Other types of anemia can be severe, long lasting, and even life threatening if left untreated.
The most common symptom of anemia is fatigue. You may also experience shortness of breath, headache, cold feelings in your hands or feet, pale skin or dizziness. Complications of severe anemia can include: arrhythmias and organ damage.