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Treat And Diagnose Anemia

by Dr. Jason Barker

Symptoms of Anemia

  • Fatigue (that never really goes away)
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Easy bruising
  • Poor recovery

Who's at Risk For Anemia

Most often, women of reproductive age have the highest risk of iron deficiency anemia due to blood loss (through menstruation). Vegans and vegetarians are also at risk, if they don’t eat a diet rich in iron-containing vegetables. Of all athletes, runners are the highest risk. You can lose iron through sweating, bleeding in the gut (some occurs normally), and when too many red cells are destroyed during the course of exercise.

Treatment Of Anemia

  • The first step is to identify the cause through appropriate lab testing. Its important to find out the why of iron deficiency before beginning treatment.
  • Replacing iron in the diet with iron-rich foods like red meat and dark leafy greens is a simple way to start treatment.
  • Iron replacement (always take with vitamin C – it will more than double the absorbtion of iron!).
Dr. Jason Barker
Dr. Jason Barker

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