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The JPS Podcast: What Do You Know About Anemia?

JPS Health Network, Mario Gonzalez, Anemia

Season 5: Episode 5 Show Notes

Anemia is a broad condition that many people misunderstand. It affects around 50% of the population, yet most people with anemia never get diagnosed. Because of this lack of awareness, it is common to attribute symptoms of anemia to stress, a busy lifestyle, and normal feelings of tiredness.

Brian Maschino and Tatiyana Giddings met with Mario Gonzalez, PA to better understand what anemia is, the symptoms that come with it, and how it can affect a person’s life. If the conversation on anemia speaks to you, speak to us:

Mario Gonzalez, JPS Health Network, Anemia
Mario Gonzalez, JPS Health Network, Anemia

What is anemia?

Anemia is a condition that describes the deficiency of red blood cells. Anyone with a hemoglobin count of less than thirteen is considered anemic. Although anyone can be anemic, it is most commonly diagnosed in women.

What are the symptoms of anemia?

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Pica cravings

How is anemia diagnosed?

A laboratory blood test called a complete blood count (CBC) is performed on patients who present signs of anemia. This test allows physicians to determine the number of red blood cells in an individual’s blood and whether the count is abnormal.

How does anemia affect one’s lifestyle?

Anemia can cause someone to feel constantly tired. This drowsiness and exhaustion begin to cause forgetfulness and confusion. In turn, one’s productivity levels may significantly decrease.

How is anemia treated?

For the most part, those who are anemic undergo simple treatments, mainly dealing with lifestyle changes. Anemia may cause the body to crave iron, leading to pica cravings, but adding supplements to one’s diet is the first step to resolution. Sufficient iron and B-12 intake can help regulate the red blood cell count.

Can anemia be prevented?

The short answer is yes! Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia, which can be prevented easily if the proper measures are taken.

Our expert recommends:

  • Making changes to your diet
  • Regular blood screenings
  • Scheduling regular checkups with your PCP

The JPS Podcast Credits

The JPS Podcast is hosted by: Tatiyana Giddings

Executive Producer: Jessica Virnoche

Producers: Brian Maschino, Tatiyana Giddings, and Gaspar Hinojosa

Audio Mixing and Recording: Gaspar Hinojosa

Editing: Brian Maschino