Specific Health Concerns >> Anemia
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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses what having symptoms means. It is never normal to have symptoms.
If you are suffering with anemia, the only real solution is to determine what is causing the anemia and addressing that directly.
Dr. Huntoon's promise is to help you overcome your anemia without harmful medications and to help restore balance to your health.
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Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells provide oxygen to body tissues.
Other types of anemia include:
Anemia due to B12 deficiency
Anemia due to folate deficiency
Anemia due to iron deficiency
Anemia of chronic disease
Idiopathic aplastic anemia
Sickle cell anemia
You may have no symptoms if the anemia is mild. If the problem develops slowly, symptoms that may occur first include:
Feeling weak or tired more often than usual, or with exercise
Problems concentrating or thinking
If the anemia gets worse, symptoms may include:
Blue color to the whites of the eyes
Light-headedness when you stand up
Pale skin color
Shortness of breath
Some types of anemia may have other symptoms.
Signs and tests
The doctor will perform a physical examination, and may find:
Low blood pressure, especially when you stand up
Rapid heart rate
Some types of anemia may cause other findings on a physical exam.
Blood tests used to diagnose some common types of anemia may include:
Blood levels of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, and other vitamins and minerals
Red blood count and hemoglobin level
Other tests may be done to find medical problems that can cause anemia.
Although many parts of the body help make red blood cells, most of the work is done in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft tissue in the center of bones that helps form blood cells.
Healthy red blood cells last between 90 and 120 days. Parts of your body then remove old blood cells. A hormone called erythropoietin made in your kidneys signals your bone marrow to make more red blood cells.
Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells. It gives red blood cells their red color. People with anemia do not have enough hemoglobin.
The body needs certain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to make enough red blood cells. Iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid are three of the most important ones. The body may not have enough of these nutrients because:
Changes in the lining of the stomach or intestines affect how well nutrients are absorbed (for example, celiac disease)
Slow blood loss (for example, from heavy menstrual periods or stomach ulcers)
Surgery that removes part of the stomach or intestines
Possible causes of anemia include:
Destruction of red blood cells earlier than normal (which may be caused by immune system problems)
Long-term (chronic) diseases such as chronic kidney disease, cancer, ulcerative colitis, or rheumatoid arthritis
Some forms of anemia, such as thalassemia or sickle cell anemia, which can be inherited
Problems with bone marrow such as lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, or aplastic anemia
Corticosteroids or other medicines that suppress the immune system
Erythropoietin, a medicine that helps your bone marrow make more blood cells
Severe anemia can cause low oxygen levels in vital organs such as the heart, and can lead to a heart attack.
Working with a Holisitic Chiropractor who uses nutritional supplements of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, or other vitamins and minerals will help to solve this issue. Having an evaluation to determine WHY you have anemia and figuring out how to truly address the underlying cause allows you, with the condition, to now have control over your anemia instead of your anemia controlling you.
Call your health care provider if you have any symptoms of anemia, or any unusual bleeding.
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Working with a Holisitic Chiropractor who uses nutritional supplements of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, or other vitamins and minerals to help rebuild your blood while addressing the underlying reason for developing anemia in the first place. That is a true solution versus taking some medication for the rest of your life and dealing with the complications associated with that.
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