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What Can Anemia Lead To
Various: In women, menstruation is a common cause. In people >=50, we worry about bleeding from colon polyps which can become cancerous if ignored. Anemia occurs w blood loss, bone marrow not making enough red blood cells (marrow problem or deficiency in iron or vitamin B12 or folate), red cells bursting in the bloodstream from a variety of causes (hemolytic anemia), sequestration in spleen; broad subject. ...Read more
The following cause or are associated with Anemia:: Celiac Disease, Colorectal cancer, Dysfunctional uterine bleeding, Multiple myeloma, Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, Tape worm infection, Colon cancer, Hemolytic disease of newborn, Alpha thalassemia, Thalassemia, Enlarged spleen. ...Read more
Unlikely to happen: Lead is a competitive binder for some of the factors in blood production and when it is circulating in a patient with lead exposure it can/will cause anemia.Treatment can remove some lead but other metabolically inactive lead may be locked away in bones. It is not a factor in future blood production. ...Read more
No: Both lack of sleep and anemia can lead to feeling tired and fatigued. Anemia is caused by either blood loss, cell destruction or insufficient production. In women, iron deficiency anemia and excessive bleeding during menstruation are the most common causes. Lack of folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12 also cause a different form of anemia. There are also genetic diseases that result in anemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Erythropoietin: The kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin which travels to the bone marrow and tells it to make red blood cells. If the kidneys are diseased they sometimes do not make this hormone and the person will become anemic. Always remember there are many reasons a person can become anemic- kidney disease is only one way. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes indirectly: Pernicious anemia is a deficiency of vitamin B12 and or folate (folic acid) (another b vitamin) that can lead to significant medical problems many of which affect the nervous system. Folate (folic acid) is so critical to fetal neural development that the fda recommends that all women trying to conceive or pregnant take a Folic Acid supplement of 0.4 milligrams or 400 micrograms a day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Pernicious anemia is the most common reason for unexpected B12 deficiency. Lack of B12 can cause both anemia and neurological damage. The latter includes numbness, gait problems, and dementia. The neurological findings can occur before there is any anemia, or vice versa. The anemia will reverse with treatment. The neurologic problems may not correct completely with B12 treatment. ...Read more
If you have low iron stores following a blood test, can that lead to anemia? Is there a recommended dosage of iron supplement to help restore levels.
Yes and yes: The first thing to go down low is the iron storage. If you don't fix it- eventually you are going to become anemic. Yes, you can take iron supplement by mouth 3x/day. But most importantly is to find why your iron is low. You should have a GI work-up- egd and colonosocpy and check your urine- to check blood in urine. If + blood in urine- you need imaging study, perhaps urologist etc. Go to see gp. ...Read more
2 years ago, I was told my B12 deficiency could lead to pernicious anemia. I stopped the B12 pills, my symptoms match, can I have this? B12 now fine.
Started bcp 5 weeks ago and have been on/off bleeding since. Feeling drained/lightheaded. Would irregular bleeding lead to anemia?
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