Three Factors That Increase the Risk of Anemia



Pembroke Pines, Florida-based physician Dr. Matthew Taub has more than two decades of experience treating blood-related disorders and cancers at Optimum Oncology Hematology Associates. At the clinic, Dr. Matthew Taub is part of a multidisciplinary staff that addresses common blood disorders such as anemia.

Anemia is a red blood cell disorder that affects more than 3 million Americans. In addition to a low hemoglobin count, anemia causes fatigue, headaches, and irregular heartbeats. The following risk factors are highly associated with anemia:

Limited Diet: Anemia can be triggered by a diet lacking in vitamin B12, iron, and folate. For this reason, people who eat restricted diets, including vegan and vegetarian, are especially susceptible.

Age: The likelihood of developing anemia due to iron deficiency increases after the age of 65. Additionally, women may experience low iron levels during pregnancy and childbirth, making anemia more common for women around childbearing age.

Associated Diagnosis: Anemia is also associated with other chronic illnesses, including cancer as well as diseases of the thyroid, liver, and kidneys. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis have also been linked to a higher likelihood of anemia.

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