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Health Tip: Are You Anemic?

-- Anemia occurs either when the blood is deficient in red blood cells, or it lacks enough of a protein called hemoglobin.

Some forms of anemia can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says.

Here's the agency's list of warning signs that you may be anemic:

  • Feeling tired and weak.
  • Experiencing paleness, dizziness, headache or shortness of breath.
  • Having a lower than normal body temperature.
  • Having cold or numb hands and feet.
  • Having pains in your chest, or a very fast or abnormal heartbeat.
  • Feeling irritable.
  • Doing poorly at work or school.

Posted: December 2008


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