Anemia is a condition which occurs when your body doesn’t intake enough iron, a mineral important to your general health and well-being.
Iron is essential for the producing of healthy blood cells, which deliver oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
The signs of iron-deficiency anemia are often overlooked, as they don’t seem as something serious on their own. However, if you have two or more of these symptoms, the chances are that you’re anemic, and should see a doctor.
If you had been feeling slightly out of focus, not as sharp as you used to be, if you have been having troubles concentrating, you might be anemic. Although these signs are usually connected to old age, they are also signs of iron deficiency.
Numbness And/Or Tingling
A strange feeling of numbness or tingling may come over your extremities if you’re anemic. This happens because your body pulls blood from those parts in order to feed the places it needs (due to the lower levels of red blood cells). You might also feel cold most of the time.
If you have noticed that your hair is thinning or that more of it is falling out, you should consult your doctor. Even if it’s not anemia, you still might be having a vitamin deficiency or a hormonal condition.
Heavy And Irregular Periods
Uterine fibroids are the most common cause of iron deficiency in women. They can cause irregular, heavy, painful bleeding, especially if they’re located inside o the uterine cavity.
A Racing Heart
When the heart works in overdrive to pump more blood, you’re bound to notice it not just by feeling uncomfortable and “heavy in the chest,” but also by hearing a whooshing sound in your ears, feeling your heart race, etc.