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Is there s relationship between diabetes and anemia?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Could be: One way they might be related is if the diabetes leads to kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease can cause anemia. Diabetes raises the question of good nutrition, and malnutrition of various sorts can cause anemia. Diabetes and thyroid disease sometimes occur together and thyroid disease can contribute to anemia as well.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Glycation: Poorly contolled diabetes by itself promotes red cell desctruction through increase glycation of red cell proteins.

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Diabetes and hemoglobin. Is there any relationship between diabetes and anemia/hemoglobin?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Yes: Two ways. First, some diabetics develop "anemia of chronic disorders", an anemia caused by release of a hormone called hepcidin. Second, the hormone most responsible for blood production, erythropoietin, is made in the kidney. If the kidney is damaged by diabetes, the production of erythropoietin falls, and this results in fewer red blood cells being made, which causes anemia.

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