A person can raise their hematocrit level by increasing their red blood cells through eating iron-rich foods, vitamin-rich foods and taking possible vitamin pills if the levels are too low or there are absorption problems, according to Anemia. Low hematocrit levels and low hemoglobin point to anemia, which creates fatigue because the body is not getting the proper amount of oxygen that it needs to function in a healthy way, as noted by the doctors on Anemia.
Anemia is a common condition and more than 3.5 million Americans have the condition, according to WebMD. Those who have chronic diseases are more susceptible to the condition as are women because they menstruate losing blood each month. Those who are older can also be at risk due to additional medical conditions and due to a potentially poor diet. There is also a genetic component to some anemia diseases which can affect infants.
Anemia states that there are more than 400 different kinds of anemia, however, all of these types fall into three groups each with their own cause. The first group of anemia is caused by blood loss. This is most common for those who have chronic bleeding with menstruation, childbirth, ulcers, cancer, hemorrhoids and gastritis. The second type is anemia caused by low or impaired red blood cell production and the third type is anemia due to the extinguishing of red blood cells in the body.