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What is dialysis, and why are the patients at risk for anemia?

What is dialysis, and why are the patients at risk for anemia?

Cleansing of blood: Dialysis is the cleansing of the blood through an artificial membrane. It replaces some of the physiologic functions of a normal kidney but is generally inferior to a functioning kidney. One of the functions of the kidney is to produce a hormone that stimulates blood produciton. When kidney function is impaired, this hormone production is diminished, resulting in anemia. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more


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Can severe anemia and osteoporosis cause darker bones?

Can severe anemia and osteoporosis cause darker bones?

Darker bones: I might have answered this already - not sure. The simple answer is NO! but you need to carefully control your anemia and also have bone density testing. Treatment of anemia should not affect any medicine for osteoporosis if your health and lab bone data is OK ...Read more

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My Grandma has osteoporosis, just broke her pelvis it went unnoticed for 2 wks. Now she has anemia. Can this be related to broken pelvis?

My Grandma has osteoporosis, just broke her pelvis it went unnoticed for 2 wks. Now she has anemia. Can this be related to broken pelvis?

Yes: Yes, your grandma may have anemia following a fracture but it is also possible that her anemia made her weak resulting in a fall. That said, her doctor must do everything possible to find out why she has anemia and what needs to be done to correct it. ...Read more

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Why is protein rich food not allowed to osteoporosis patients?

Why is protein rich food not allowed to osteoporosis patients?

Protein and bone: Bone is complex. It has a collagen matrix, which is composed of protein. This matrix actively calcifies. The osteoid that results actively undergoes calcification and calcium release. This process is pH sensitive. Animal meats are acidic. The acids they contain are buffered quickly after we eat them. Bone is a huge buffer; acid buffering by bone inhibits calcification and causes calcium release. ...Read more

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What patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis are at high risk (not all of them, right)?

What patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis are at high risk (not all of them, right)?

Brittle bones: Unfortunately, dexa, the standard way to diagnose osteoporosis can only tell the density of bone per volume, not he quality of the bone. Additional risk factors are propensity for falling, smoking, high coffee and carbonated drink intake and poor diet in general. ...Read more

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Why do patients with severe anemia may be compromised if transfused with large quantities of long stored blood?

Why do patients with severe anemia may be  compromised if transfused with large quantities of long stored blood?

Ask your doctor: I am not too concerned about using old blood as there is no serious complication due to use of long stored blood. Ask your doctor why you needed the blood transfusion...That is much more important to find out and treating the cause. ...Read more

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How is aquatic therapy good for osteoporosis patients?

How is aquatic therapy good for osteoporosis patients?

Yes it is good: Once osteopenia or osteoporosis has been identified through a bone density test, referral to physical therapy for appropriate exercise should be part of a therapeutic plan. That could inculd aquatic therapy. ...Read more

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Is skimmed milk or whole milk better for an osteoporosis patient?

Is skimmed milk or whole milk better for an osteoporosis patient?

Skim milk always: Hi. Skim milk is always better. The calcium concentration in skim milk is higher than it is in whole milk, and milk fat can increase the risk of atherosclerosis. Stick with skim milk. As an aside, are really a 22 yo male? If so, osteoporosis is distinctly abnormal in you, and you need an evaluation by an endocrinologist experienced in metabolic disorders of bone. ...Read more

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more