Anemia is a condition characterized by low levels of a protein in your red blood cells called hemoglobin that delivers oxygen to your tissues and organs. While government statistics indicate that 3.4 million Americans are anemic, the National Anemia Action Council (NAAC) believes the number is far greater. Anemia is estimated to cost our healthcare system $38 billion each year. Anemia is found in all sorts of different populations, including 10% of people over the age of 65, 80% of chemotherapy patients, 50% of patients in intensive care units, 28% of patients with chronic kidney disease, 20% of pregnant women and 12% of women aged 12-49.
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