What Does It Mean If You Are Anemic?

0 June 1, 2017

If you’re reading this, you might be asking yourself “Am I anemic?”

What does being anemic actually mean?

The definition of anemic is, “Suffering from anemia. Colorless, bloodless, pale, pallid, pasty-faced, sickly, weak, lacking in color, spirit, or vitality.” Anemia happens when your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells. When you don’t produce enough red blood cells, you don’t get enough oxygen which results in feeling severely fatigued and can cause serious health complications. Anemia is also referred to as having low iron or poor blood. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Racing or irregular heartbeat
  • Inability to concentrate or think clearly
  • Chest pain
  • Sexual dysfunction

Are these traits sounding familiar? If yes, you might be anemic. In order to be diagnosed as anemic you usually undergo the following:

  • A blood test that measures all the different components of your blood
  • Medical and family history (genetic or illness)
  • A physical exam showing your breathing and heartbeat
  • Other blood tests to show iron count or vitamin deficiencies to look more closely at the red blood cells

If you are diagnosed as anemic, it means that your