Hidden Risk for Seniors Revealed - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/25/03

Hidden Risk for Seniors Revealed

New research is shedding light on a hidden risk factor that may make seniors feel older than their years. The study of 1,100 people over the age of 70 finds those with Anemia, not related to cancer, just a shortage of red blood cells, aged more rapidly in terms of what they could do physically.

The four year study published in the American Journal of Health, measured physical changes in things like walking speed and balance. Symptoms of Anemia include overall weakness and fatigue because of a diminished supply of oxygen to the muscles.

The good news is Anemia can be treated. So, if you feel like you're aging beyond your years, ask your doctor about Anemia which can be checked with a simple blood test.

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