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The Causes and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Kenneth D. Nahum

A well-regarded New Jersey physician, Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, provides knowledgeable services as oncologist at Regional Cancer Care Associates, LLC. Over the course of his medical career, Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum has completed diverse research and clinical trials and worked with patients living with conditions such as anemia.

Characterized by insufficient levels of hemoglobin within the red blood cells, anemia impairs the ability of tissues throughout the body to receive oxygen. The most common form of the disease, iron deficiency anemia, occurs when the mineral form of iron is lacking in the bloodstream. With causes that include intestinal diseases and poor diet, the condition is particularly common among women who are pregnant or experiencing heavy menstruation.
Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include weakness, fatigue, dizziness, breathlessness, and paleness. Unfortunately, such symptoms overlap with many other conditions and may not be recognized for what they are for many years. The best way to identify anemia is through a complete blood count, which measures the full range of blood components, and will identify low hemoglobin and hematocrit levels.

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