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Living with Iron-Deficiency Anemia

The most common symptom of all types of anemia is tiredness. Fatigue occurs because your body does not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen from the longs to the rest of your body. This will be especially noticeable if you are working out.

If you start experiencing some of the following symptoms and conditions then you may want to speak to your doctor about potential anemia or low blood oxygen levels.

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Dizziness, Headache
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Pale skin and facial color
  • Brittle nails
  • Frequent infections
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Poor appetite
  • Chest pain
  • Intestinal, hemorrhoids or ulcer bleeding (bright red blood or black stools)
  • Very heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Recently received cancer treatment
  • Cravings for non-food items such as ice

Workable Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Consume iron rich food such as duck meat, kidney, lamb, beef, liver, oatmeal, octopus, lentils and beans
  • Talk to your doctor if to see if the condition is caused by internal bleeding
  • Take a complete blood count and iron test as soon as possible; serious conditions need to be addressed immediately.
  • If you are ordered to take iron supplement pills, do so with vitamin C but avoid caffeinated drinks, antacids and milk
  • Be very careful with iron supplements; too many iron pills could cause iron poisoning, keep them safe from children’s’ reach
  • Most people feel better after a few days of taking iron pills especially with mild cases patients, yet you will need to keep taking it for several months to build up the iron in your body.
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