As we age, there are many health complications that may arise and typically we try to avert these complications by making smart lifestyle choices. For many of us, as we age, the onset of fatigue is quite common and often we do not understand why or how we are suddenly feeling fatigue more than normal. If you have reached mid-life, and if you are concerned about your sudden onset of fatigue, this could be indicative of an early warning sign of the potential risk for geriatric anemia.
Geriatric anemia is simply a medical term used to describe the onset of fatigue later in life. Typically, this diagnosis of fatigue is not given to an adult until the age of 65 or later and when the complication is directly related to a poor red blood cell count. For adults under the age of 65, when anemia risks are beginning to develop, it is not uncommon to receive an early diagnosis of geriatric anemia especially if you are experiencing marked fatigue.
If your fatigue is quite severe, you can determine if anemia is a health risk fro you by simply visiting with your doctor and requesting routine blood work. Because the quality and quantity of red blood cells are a marker into your fatigue-associated anemia, your doctor will run these tests to confirm, or rule out, the presence of geriatric fatigue. While your age may not place you into a status as a geriatric patient, your doctor may confirm this diagnosis should other lifestyle or health complications exist that are considered to be age-related.
To alleviate the complications of early-onset geriatric fatigue and geriatric anemia, your doctor will most likely prescribe a course of supplemental iron tablets and recommend a change in diet to include foods that contain more iron. In addition, your doctor may also recommend that you engage in more regular exercise. If, however, your early-onset geriatric fatigue seems to be associated with other chronic aging conditions, then your doctor may need to treat these other conditions, such as cardiac disease or metabolism disorders, in order to reverse or slow the aging process.
While geriatric fatigue is common among older adults, it is becoming increasingly more common among middle aged adults and is typically diagnosed when chronic fatigue sets in. If you are suffering from chronic fatigue in middle age, be sure to ask your doctor to run the necessary tests to determine if you have early-onset geriatric fatigue and the potential risk for other geriatric health conditions early in life.