When you hear the term “anemia,” you probably either immediately picture a vitamin-mineral supplement or a nice, juicy steak in your mind, if you picture anything at all. Many people don’t know that the second most common form of anemia is caused by the inflammation that arises in a variety of chronic diseases. No vitamins or minerals will correct the low level of red blood cells in this form of anemia, and heavy doses of unnecessary nutrients can be quite dangerous. The good news is that, in most cases, treating the underlying disease will correct the anemia.
Learn more about this likely underdiagnosed and undertreated form of anemia, also known as anemia of inflammation, including symptoms, treatment, and more.