An Illustrated Guide to Anemia




 

1.What Is Anemia?

Anemia develops when you don’t have enough robust, healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. The blood cells may lack enough hemoglobin, the protein that gives blood its red color. Anemia affects about 7% of the US population and is more common in women of child-bearing age, the elderly, women of color and Hispanic women.




 

2.Symptoms of Anemia

If you’re often tired even though you’ve slept well or you lack the energy for normal activities, you may have anemia. It can be an underlying cause of memory or mood problems. Symptoms range from none to mild to life-threatening.