Effects of Oxygen Deficiency

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The Effects of Oxygen Deficiency

Oxygen deficiency, also known as hypoxia, develops when the body’s tissues starved of oxygenIn its extreme form, where oxygen is entirely absent, the condition is called anoxia.

It’s usually caused by low blood oxygen levels. There are four types of hypoxia:

  1. Hypoxemic, in which the oxygen pressure in the blood going to the tissues is too low to saturate the hemoglobin;
  2. Anemic type, in which the amount of functional hemoglobin is too small, and hence the capacity of the blood to carry oxygen is too low;
  3. Stagnant type, in which the blood is or may be normal but the flow of blood to the tissues is reduced or unevenly distributed; and
  4. Histotoxic type, in which the tissue cells are poisoned and are therefore unable to make proper use of oxygen.

Diseases of the blood, the heart and circulation, and lungs may all produce some form of hypoxia.

Hypoxia can also develop in parts of the body where blood supply is low from poor circulation. Different tissues in the body respond to hypoxia in various ways. When inadequate levels of oxygen exist for long periods, significant health problems often develop. The cells and tissues in the body depend on continuous supplies of oxygen to perform the essential chemical processes that keep our bodies running smoothly. When an essential oxygen supply is lacking on a continuous basis, many different psychological and physical problems can develop over time. 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung conditions that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Restricted airflow characterizes all these conditions, and COPD causes difficulty when breathing. The inability to get enough oxygen into the lung raises the risk for developing hypoxia.

Symptoms of Oxygen deficiency:

Oxygen deficiency and how to recognise it
  • Easily get tired
  • Acute fatigue
  • Body weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Hard to focus which could lead to memory lost
  • Circulation problems
  • Digestion problem
  • Acid stomach
  • Muscle pains
  • Irritability
  • Lung problem
  • Weak immunity system so easily infected by viruses, bacteria and etc.
  • Chronic diseases



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