This is installment #8 of our “14 Proven Benefits of IV Therapy” Series.
Anemia is a medical condition in which the body does not have sufficient red blood cells to carry enough oxygen to your tissues, or when your red blood cells do not function properly. Red blood cells carry hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that attaches to oxygen in the lungs and carries it to tissues throughout the body. Anemia is diagnosed when you have a low hemoglobin level, and those low ranges vary for men, women and children. When you have anemia, your body lacks oxygen so the symptoms differ among people but may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Irregular or fast heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Cold hands or feet
- Fatigue and loss of energy
There are many different types of anemia (over 400), and many different causes. Some of the most common types of anemia are Iron-deficiency anemia, Pernicious anemia, Vitamin-deficiency anemia, Aplastic anemia, Hemolytic anemia, Sickle-cell anemia, Anemia caused by other diseases (Thalassemia, chemotherapy, kidney disease), and Anemia in pregnancy. Because there are so many different types of anemia, determining the right type is imperative before starting any kind of treatment. The treatment for each type of anemia is heavily dependent on the cause. Vitamins linked to Vitamin-deficiency anemia include folate (B9), Vitamin B12, and Vitamin C. Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin required for cell reproduction and production of red blood cells. Common IV therapy for anemia includes the replacement of these vitamins via the intravenous route and Iron infusions.