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Anemia occurs when you have less than the normal number of red blood cells in your blood or when the red blood cells in your blood don't have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that gives the red color to your blood. Its main job is to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen to all the parts of your body. Without oxygen, your organs and tissues cannot work as well as they should.
More than 3 million people in the United States have anemia. Women and people with chronic disease are at the greatest risk for anemia.
Since there are many types and causes of anemia, Life Extension has created a panel to look at the most frequent causes: Iron deficiency, B12 deficiency, and the bone marrow’s ability to produce red blood cells.
The Anemia Panel contains the following:
An 8 to 12 hour fast is required for this blood test. However, drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.
The laboratory services are for informational purposes only. It is not the intention of National Diagnostics, Inc and Life Extension to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health. Specific medical advice including diagnosis and treatment will not be provided. Always seek the advice of a trained health professional for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Both the physician and the testing laboratory are independent contractors with whom National Diagnostics, Inc makes arrangements for your blood tests. Neither National Diagnostics, Inc or Life Extension will be liable for any acts or omissions of the physician, the testing laboratory, or their agents or employees.