Anemia / Low Hemoglobin (Haemoglobin)

Rating : 12345
Rate This Article : 1 2 3 4 5
G J 4
A -A +


Anemia is a condition in which the red blood cell (RBC) count or hemoglobin is less than normal.

RBCs in the blood have a very crucial role to play as they contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the body tissues. Anemia leads to a host of health complications as body tissues are deprived of the required amount of oxygen to keep them healthy. Thus, victims of anemia often complain of extreme fatigue.


General malaise, weakness, fatigue, breathlessness on exertion, palpitations, and angina are some of the symptoms of anemia.

Anemia can be caused due to nutritional deficiencies, especially iron and vitamin deficiency. Inherited disorders also cause anemia. Exposure to a particular drug or toxin, and certain kinds of cancer also cause anemia. Anemia can set in either due to abnormal loss of blood, or insufficient production of RBCs or when RBCs are destroyed due to an existing medical condition.

Anemia is diagnosed after conducting a complete blood cell (CBC) count, which examines the different types of cells in the blood.

Treatment for anemia is targeted towards the cause of the condition and its outcome depends upon the cause, extent of the condition and general health of the patient. Generally, the prognosis is good for victims of anemia.

You May Also Like

View All

Show More Related Topics y


Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions
I have had anemia for over 9 years. I use to get Iron infusions every 9 to 12 months. I has progressed to where I need them every 4 to 6 months. I wish we could figure out the cause. I do not absorb iron thru food or juice or pills. At this point I have waited 8 months and my hemoglobin is at 7. I am due to get infusions of Venefor in 2 weeks. No diagnosis over all these years. Why and Why is it progressing.
katski Sunday, September 15, 2013
In order to comment further I need to have certain test reports. Can you tell me the reports of: 1) Latest CBC 2) Peripheral Smear 3) Iron Studies(Ferritin, S. Iron, TIBC) 4) Hemoglobin Electrophoresis 5) Bone Marrow Biopsy( If Done)
mamcmanish Wednesday, November 6, 2013
May i know ? what is effect in body after suffering from low himoglobin ?????
djmodha612 Saturday, May 25, 2013
Thanks for the vital information My haemoglobin and RBC has gone down Hence this information will definitely help me in finding a solution
mil_58 Wednesday, May 15, 2013
My hb was 9.1 and now it's 8.9. Went down even after taking iron pills. Any suggestions?
Overcomer Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Hi, People say my face is not glowing and i looked anemic, do u think i shud take iron, any suggestion?
Shalvik Tuesday, January 22, 2013
my hb is 10.8 and ESR is 35. Rest of the CBC report and lipid profile is all right. i do not seem to have any problem. kindly advise.
anubhatt Monday, October 1, 2012
im 19 years old, delayed 1 month of menstruation, we have last contact with my boyfriend on last week of june 2011. and now, i try the PT. the result is 2 line, the one is clear line and the one is not so clear, . im worried because they said im pregnant. and my blood is 70/50 only, anemic they said..
erica09 Thursday, July 28, 2011
You first need to make sure that you haven't had a spontaneous abortion with retained product of conception. Your blood pressure is low (70/50), Are you loosing blood? Time to see a gynecologist. Kiritharan Arunasalam, MD., FRCP(C)
Kiritharan Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ask an Expert

If you have a question about health related issues, you can now post it in our Ask An Expert section on our community website and get answers from our panel of experts.

Join Our Online Health Community:

Recommended Groups Members Related Discussions
By registering with Medindia you become part of our global health community. Make new friends and share and discuss your health issues, with 199662 other members across 445 support groups.