What is Anemia
Anemia is a condition where your blood has less red blood cells than normal. It can occur when your red blood cells don’t have enough of an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin. This protein, which gives your blood it’s red color, helps to move the oxygen from your lungs through the rest of your body.
“Alcoholics frequently have defective red blood cells that are destroyed prematurely, possibly resulting in anemia” says Dr Harold S Ballard M.D. of Columbia University Medical Center.*
Anemic symptoms include:
- Feeling grumpy
- Lack of concentration
- Shortness of breath
- Pale looking skin (red blood cells give the healthy pink color)
- Brittle nails
- Sore tongue
The consequences of Anemia can be severe, even life threatening, if left untreated.
The treatment of anemia depends on several factors including the severity of the condition, the type of anemia, and what has caused it. The aim of treatment is to increase the levels of oxygen carried through the blood and address the underlying causes. Methods used can include alcohol avoidance, changes in diet, medication, supplements, or surgery.
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