Tired? Maybe it’s time to start exercising!
Our body needs iron to make red blood cells. Oxygen “piggybacks” to the hemoglobin on the red blood cell and travels throughout the body. When the red blood count is low, this means some oxygen molecules have nothing to attach to and go to waste. Then, when a lot of cells go without oxygen, people begin to feel tired or worn-out. Anemia or iron deficiency can be suspected as the cause.
If you have these symptoms, you need to have a doctor check them out. But instead of prescribing iron supplements, don’t be surprised if you are prescribed an exercise program. These symptoms are not always caused by having too little iron in your body. Most people get what they need from today’s modern diets.
However, while your body has enough iron it may still be lacking enough red cells. Often, the production process has been turned down, especially in older adults. Exercise can turn this process back up. And when the oxygen gets flowing again, the energy levels return and the feelings of being tired and worn-out go away.
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-Cathy M., Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health