What's missing from your blood may kill you
You're tired... your head is pounding... and you can't catch your breath.
These may be the symptoms of having just run a marathon, but they're also an indication of the most common blood condition in the U.S.
Affecting nearly 3.5 million Americans, anemia isn't just a nuisance -- it can pose a serious threat to your health.
And according to the latest research, if you're anemic, not only does your chance of having a stroke drastically increase... but if you're a little on the older side, your chance of DYING from that stroke skyrockets.
And while anemia often goes undiagnosed and untreated, it's actually relatively easy to diagnose AND treat -- if you know what to look for.
Your stroke risk already doubles with every decade you survive over the age of 55. In fact, 75 percent of all strokes occur in folks 65 and older.
So with your risk already increased, the last thing you want is anemia to stack the cards even further against you.
Anemia is when you don't have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen in your blood -- and when your muscles, brain, and other organs are deprived of oxygen, your energy gets depleted.
So if you're anemic... and your brain is already getting the bare minimum amount of oxygen it needs... a stroke that cuts off the oxygen-carrying blood supply to the brain can be catastrophic.
In a recent study of nearly 30,000 older stroke patients, British researchers found that a quarter of them were also anemic. And in the 12 months following either an ischemic or a hemorrhagic stroke, those with anemia were TWICE as likely to die from it.
Your doc can give you a simple blood test to show whether you've got a nutrient deficiency causing anemia -- usually, iron or B12. Age can hinder your body's ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat, so your doc may recommend taking supplements.
But don't try supplementing on your own, without the help of a doctor -- because your anemia could be caused by something else! And an overload of iron can damage your cells and cause major issues in your organs.
Talk to your doc about all the medications you're taking, because one of them may be causing your anemia. And switching meds -- or turning to a natural alternative -- may get you back on track with more energy.
You just may live a little longer -- and healthier -- too.