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A 17-year-old male asked:

what can cause anemia?

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Dr. Jeffrey Barke
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many causes: Blood lose, reduced blood production, vitamin deficiencies, iron deficiency, chronic illness.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Many causes: Anemia is low blood count and may be mild or serious. Either you body does not produce enough red cells (blood cell cancer, uremia, chemotherapy, low iron, malnutrition) or you are actively bleeding (ulcers, trauma, GI malignancy, gu malignancy) or you are destroying your cells (inherited, splenic overactivity). Your hematologist needs to sort this out. If the cause is gone, you can do well.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
3 main causes: Either one is losing blood, destroying blood or it is not being made. Losing blood (menstrual, donation, bleeding), destroying (antibody destruction), bone marrow failure/space occupying disease. Hope this helps.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Hundreds of causes: It takes me an hour as a medical school lecturer just to basically rattle off the list. Heads up -- if you are iron deficient and eat a reasonable amount of meat (despite the disinformation, vegetables are poor in iron), you're likely losing blood possibly into the gut from serious disease. Don't let them miss it. Any physician can begin the anemia workup. Good luck.

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Why does anemia cause fatigue?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Lower blood Oxygen: Anemia means that your red blood cells are lower than normal. This means there are less blood cells to carry oxygen to your muscles and tissue which can lead to fatigue. It is a very common condition in pregnancy and in women with heavy blood loss from the menstrual cycle. Usually anemia is treated with an iron supplement. There are other causes though so it should be evaluated by your doctor.
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What are the causes of anemia?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Low RBCs: Anemia is a low red blood cell (rbc) count, also measured by hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying protein within the rbc. Anemia is secondary to decreased RBC production (bone marrow disease, nutrition, kidney dz, etc) or increased destruction ("hemolytic")/blood loss (surgery, trauma, GI bleeding, etc).
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can hookworms cause anemia?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Yes: They hook onto the bowel wall leading to blood loss. They also cause protein loss. In children, it can slow growth and mental development.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

Does anemia cause tiredness ?

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Dr. Anita Patil
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Short answer is yes. Mild anemia may not cause any symptoms at all.
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A member asked about a 25-year-old female:

Could smoking cause anemia?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Anemia: Unlikely that smoking has caused your anemia. That said - go easy on the smoking!

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