Anaemia, or lack of red blood cells, is the commonest physical abnormality in humans worldwide, and can be a symptom of a serious underlying disorder. Coping with Anaemia looks at the many reasons why people may be anaemic, including the controversial question of nutritional anaemia. Iron supplements are rarely the full answer to anaemia, says Dr Tom Smith, and priority must be given to discovering the underlying cause so that treatment can restore your energy and well-being.
Tom Smith is one of Sheldon's best and most long-standing authors. A GP based in Scotland, and an award-winning medical writer, he contributes health columns to a number of newspapers.
Topics include: excess blood loss due to menstruation and pregnancy other blood loss, including, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and benign and malignant tumours in the bowel alcohol-related anaemias pernicious anaemia sickle-cell anaemia and thalassaemia anaemia in later life less common forms of anaemia, ranging from bone marrow cancers to rare inherited diseases