According to the American Society of Hematology, anemia affects more than 3 million people living in the United States, making it the most common blood disorder.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut wants you to know the signs to look for when it comes to anemia, as well as what you can do to prevent the blood disorder.

What Is Anemia?

When a person is anemic, it means he or she has a deficiency of hemoglobin (or red blood cells) in the blood.

When you don’t have enough red blood cells, you won’t get adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues, which can lead to fatigue and other symptoms.

Symptoms of Anemia

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Rapid heartbeat, especially with exercise
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin
  • Leg cramps
  • Insomnia

Can Anemia Be Prevented?

There are ways you can help to prevent anemia, such as by making sure you eat plenty of iron-riches foods and avoid drinking coffee and tea with your meals.

Iron-rich foods includes tofu, lean red meat, beans and green, leafy vegetables. Consuming vitamin C-rich foods and beverages is also recommended to help combat anemia.

Causes of Anemia

  • Your body doesn’t make enough red blood cells
  • You’re losing red blood cells too quickly to replenish them
  • Your body is destroying red blood cells

Are you feeling under the weather? Visit AFC Urgent Care Farragut today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan.