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December 2001 Issue

Anemia Isnt Only About IronB12 and Folate Contribute, Too

Q. Ive been feeling tired lately and think I may be anemic. Should I be taking an iron supplement? A. Not necessarily. There are many reasons why you may be tired other than iron-deficiency anemia. In anemia, the blood lacks sufficient red blood cells to carry oxygen to your tissues and cells. When your cells dont get enough oxygen, it leaves you feeling tired, weak, short of breath or dizzy. The condition can result from a deficiency of iron, vitamin B12 or

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