It is common for a patient to be told that they are anemic but not understand exactly what that means or what they can do to support their health. Many people just assume that it has to do with a lack of iron but actually, low-dietary intake is only one cause of anemia. This post is designed to give you a better idea of what else could potentially be going on.
Anemia is a general term that indicates a lack of healthy red blood cells to adequately oxygenate all of your tissues. Anemia is typically a result of some underlying cause and is labeled when the RBC (red blood cells), hemoglobin and hematocrit are all low.
There are many types of anemia. Understanding the type that you have gives valuable information about potential causes as well as ways to improve the given condition.
|Type of anemia||Labs to look for||Common causes||Actions to take|
|Iron associated||Low Ferratin; RBC; Hgb; Hct; MCV; MCH; MCHC||
|Vitamin deficient||Low RBC; Hgb; Hct; MCV; MCH; MCHC and liver enzymes; Elevated serum iron||
|Inflammatory (Anemia of chronic disease)||High Ferratin, Low RBC, Hgb, Hct, MCV, MCH, MCHC||The inflammation has a cause— seek medical help and further testing to figure out the cause.||
Of course, there are also some nuances to be aware of such as pregnancy, alcohol intake or medications that can alter blood labs and/or decrease absorption. 
The first step is always discerning what type of anemia you have and then, of course, addressing the root cause of the issue. It could be a lack of iron or B12 or too much synthetic supplementation (which does NOT include whole food cell resonate supplements) … or many other things.
As a general foundation, be sure that you have generally healthy practices by getting good quality sleep, whole food plant-based nutrition and good hydration. If you need help supporting your best health reach out to the clinic today! 269-204-6525
This article was originally published at New Hope Health Blog.
Nothing said or implied in this post is intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease. It does not take the place of a health care practitioner. It is for educational purposes only.