What is it?
Anemia is a lack of red blood cells. These cells are important because they carry oxygen from the lungs around the body. It’s important to find and treat the cause of the anemia as well as the anaemia itself.
What are the symptoms?
- If you have anaemia, you will feel tired and short of breath, even when doing things you could usually do easily.
- You may also have a fast or irregular heartbeat, look pale, have cold feet or hands, feel dizzy or have problems thinking.
- Take iron supplements to boost the low levels of iron in your body.
- Good sources of iron include:
- dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale
- iron-fortified cereals or bread
- brown rice
- pulses and beans
- nuts and seeds
- meat, fish and tofu
- dried fruit, such as dried apricots, prunes and raisins
- A diet lacking in certain vitamins. Having a diet that is consistently low in iron, vitamin B12 and folate increases your risk of anemia
Things to watch out for
GP can confirm the diagnosis with the help of a blood test.