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

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Dr. Jennie Law answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

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.

Answered 1/12/2015


Dr. Thomas Heston answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

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.

Answered 12/31/2016



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