Anemia- A little known Cause of Weight
Anemia is the most common blood condition in the U.S. It affects about 3.5 million
Americans. Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough
healthy, oxygen-carrying red blood cells. The result of anemia is decreased energy
production which causes weight gain, fatigue and many other health problems.
There are many types of anemia, each having a very different cause and treatment.
The three main classes of anemia include:
1. Blood loss
2. Red blood cell destruction
3. Deficient red blood cell production.
Anemia caused by blood loss can occur slowly over a period of time where it may be
hard to detect. Some common causes of blood loss are:
• Gastrointestinal conditions: ulcers, inflammation of the stomach, cancer,
• Excessive menstruation and childbirth in women
• Use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
Red Blood Cell Destruction
When red blood cells are frail and cannot withstand the normal stress of the
circulatory system, they may rupture prematurely, causing hemolytic anemia.
Hemolytic anemia can be present at birth or develop later. Sometimes there is no
known cause (spontaneous). Known causes of hemolytic anemia may include:
• Stress from infections or drugs
• Toxins from liver or kidney disease
• Chemical exposure
• Vascular grafts
• Attack from the immune system
Deficient Red Blood Cell Production
Anemia caused by faulty or decreased blood cell production occurs when the body
produces too few blood cells or the blood cells may not function correctly. Red blood
cells may be defective or experience a decline due to abnormal red blood cells or
the a lack of minerals and vitamins needed for red blood cells to work properly.
Common conditions associated with these causes of anemia include the following:
• Iron deficiency anemia
• B12 or B9 (folate) deficiency anemia
• Sickle cell anemia
• Bone marrow production
Symptoms of Anemia
Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to all of the other tissues in your body.
So anemia (low red blood cells) leads to lack of oxygen in all of your tissues and
organs. Since every cell in your body depends on oxygen for survival and energy
production, anemia can have a wide range of negative consequences. Possible
symptoms of anemia include:
• Fatigue/Energy Loss
• Shortness of Breath
• Rapid Heart Beat
• Brain Fog/Difficulty Concentrating
• Pale Skin
There are many other possible symptoms of anemia depending on the type of
anemia and its underlying cause. It is important to be evaluated for anemia so that
you can be properly treated.
What can be done if I have symptoms of anemia?
A great test that I recommend for anyone suffering from anemia or fatigue of any
type is the Metabolic Profile. It can detect abnormalities is B-vitamin status,
specifically B12 and Folate, and other metabolic factors that could be causing low
energy levels, weight gain and more.
At Complete Health and Weight Loss we can test you for anemia and make
recommendations to reverse the underlying causes of anemia, fatigue and weight
Call for an appointment today.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of anemia but live outside the
DFW area, we can still help you via phone consultations.
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