Do you often struggle with fatigue and shortness of breath throughout the day? Have you also noticed that your gums are red and prone to bleeding? These symptoms and others may be a sign that you’re suffering from anemia, a medical condition that affects the function of red blood cells in your body. New research suggests that anemia could more than triple your risk of dying within a year after having a stroke.
Presented at the 2012 American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, the study reviewed the medical records of 3,750 men treated for stroke at 131 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities in 2007, according to Science Daily.
“Among stroke patients, severe anemia is a potent predictor of dying throughout the first year after a stroke,” said lead researcher Jason Sico, M.D.
Men were selected for the study based on the first occurrence of ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked. Researchers found that patients with severe anemia were 3.5 times more likely to die while still in the hospital and 2.5 times more likely to die within a year. The study also determined that people with mild anemia were about 1.5 times more likely to die within six to 12 months following a stroke.
An estimated 3.5 million Americans presently suffer from anemia, according to WebMD. The condition strikes when your body lacks red blood cells, which in turn means that the cells aren’t receiving enough oxygen. This can prevent organs from functioning properly and cause fatigue, which is one of the common symptoms of the condition.
In addition, there are more than 400 strains that can affect your body, all with varying causes. Deficiency of vitamin B12 and folate are among the myriad causes of decreased red blood cells production.
The link between strokes and anemia may be related to the latter’s role in preventing the brain’s blood vessels from responding to the change in blood pressure. Researchers also suggest that, because those afflicted with anemia likely have other health or nutritional issues like heart or kidney disease, the risk of stroke is increased.
To treat anemia caused by poor red blood cell production, you may want to try an all-natural supplement from Dr. Newton’s Naturals like Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual B12 Advantage. With 1100 mcg’s of vitamin B12, plus folic acid, vitamin B-6 and biotin, these tablets can strengthen your system’s red blood cells and decrease your risk for developing anemia related to vitamin deficiency.