Red blood cells are the tiny little buggers in your blood that carry around oxygen and stuff. Anemia - called iron deficiency by us laymen - is a condition when you don't have enough of those carrier cells to oxygenate body's tissues to an adequate level. It effects women more often because they lose blood on a monthly basis (you probably imagine how). Like many sicknesses, it has its symptoms. However, they can easily fly under the radar, which is not that great. So here are seven symptoms that might indicate that you have anemia. Best check with the doctor!
Fatigue is something you don't need anemia to experience. However, constant fatigue could mean that you don't have enough blood cells to deliver that oxygen to your muscles and organs. This leaves them – and in extension, you - feeling underpowered.
Hey, you know how we mentioned muscles? Well, they need that oxygen to work and without enough supply, you suddenly find yourself lifting less.
Having yellowish skin is never good for you. And when red blood cells die, they release hemoglobin. It is then broken down into another compound that turns your skin – and even eyes - yellowish.
Heart pumps blood around your body. When it detects that there's not enough blood cells floating about, it will try to pump more. This might cause irregular heartbeat in people suffering from anemia.
Shortness Of Breath
Your heart is putting in extra effort to pump those red blood cells to your muscles. This might lead you to experience shortness of breath.
Cold Hands And Feet
Your hands and feet are the first body parts to lose feeling when playing in the snow. It's because blood has trouble reaching such far flung regions of your body. Same goes for people with anemia - less blood cells mean that less of them reach your limbs.
Dizziness Or Lightheaded
This is the result of your brain not getting enough oxygen!