Understanding Anaemia

Anaemia is one of the most common blood conditions around the world. It is a condition when your blood does not have enough haemoglobin. For your information, haemoglobin is part of the red blood cells; its primary work is to fasten the oxygen. If you have low haemoglobin, your cells will not receive enough oxygen. This is not good because the organs will not function correctly.


There are four hundred types of anaemia. There are others who have IDA (Iron Deficiency Anaemia). This is the common type and it is treatable by simply changing the diet and increasing Iron supplements. However, you should know that there are types of anaemia that can be a lifelong problem. If you want to know more, you should read this:


It was mentioned earlier that there are four hundred types of anaemia. The types of anaemia are separated into 3 groups – anaemia caused by blood loss, faulty RBC (Red Blood Cell) production and obliteration of RBC.



Some patients with anaemia have no apparent symptoms but there are others who may feel tiredness, shortness of breath, appearing pale always, exhaustion, palpitating heart, hair loss and Malaise (this refers to the feeling of being unwell all the time).



Your physician will require you to comply a CBC (Complete Blood Count) test. Today, there is a machine that can automatically count the blood. Actually, there are six components that make up the CBC – RBC count, Hematocrit, Haemoglobin, WBC (White Blood Count), Diff Count and the Platelet Count. But only the first three will be used to diagnose anaemia.


Anaemia can be treated depending on the type you have. For example, IDA can be treated by iron supplements and eating iron rich foods. If you have severe anaemia, you will be treated by blood transfusions. For people who are enduring pernicious anaemia, Vitamin B12 injections are required.   

You should go to the doctor if you suspect anaemia. Do not delay it.