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What are the benefits of treating anemia in people with diabetes?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jennie Law
Endocrinology 15 years experience
Same as for nonDM: Pretty much same benefits as treating anemia in a non-diabetic. Less stress on heart, more energy. Only difference that might benefit diabetics may be more accurate a1c, as iron deficiency can make A1c less accurate.
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Better health: Treating anemia typically leads to higher energy levels. The major question to answer is "what is the cause of the anemia?". This is critically important. For example, colon cancer causes a slow intestinal bleed can be a cause of anemia, and early detection of colon cancer makes a cure much more likely.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes anemia in people with diabetes?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Zouhdi Hajjaj
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Kidney disease: Diabetes, especially if not controlled, will negatively affect kidney function, notably with respect to that organ's vital function in stimulating blood cell production. The kidneys do so by secreting a hormone that leads to red cell production.
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
additonally inflammatory compnonent of poorly contolled diabetes can reduce new blood cell production and cause anemia of chronic disease.
Feb 8, 2012
Last updated Dec 31, 2016
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