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How is anemia diagnosed?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing

Anemia is diagnosed by a simple blood test that usually is done in the doctor’s office or lab. You are tested for the number of red blood cells you have. These cells carry oxygen throughout your body and are very necessary for all the work your body has to do. If your numbers are low you may feel tired and sluggish. When you are diagnosed as anemic when your health care provider reviews your test you will be encouraged to eat a diet rich in iron sources and may even need to take some iron supplementation.

Your doctor will do a blood test called a complete blood count (CBC). This test determines the proportion of red blood cells and other substances in your blood. If your blood does not have enough red blood cells, you have anemia.

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