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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

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


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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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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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What’s the situation with the anemia drugs?

What’s the situation with the anemia drugs?

Procrit (epoetin alfa)?: Please elaborate your question. If you talk about Procrit (epoetin alfa) and the like... in the US, primary care physicians have some restrictions to prescribe it. You have to make sure Pt iron storage is good (ferritin >100). ...Read more

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Is there s relationship between diabetes and anemia?

Is there s relationship between diabetes and anemia?

Glycation: Poorly contolled diabetes by itself promotes red cell desctruction through increase glycation of red cell proteins. ...Read more

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My friend, s baby was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia, and I am wondering what that is?

My friend, s baby was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia, and I am wondering what that is?

Blood destruction: Hemolytic anemia is anemia caused by blood cell destruction. Anemia can generally occur due to decreased red blood cell production or to increased red blood cell destruction. Both of these have many underlying causes. ...Read more

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What can cause anemia?

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. ...Read more

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What does anemia mean?

Low red blood cells: Anemia refers to having inadequate number of red blood cells (RBCs). One could be anemic for several reasons: 1) iron deficiency 2) genetic disorders involving hemoglobins (sickle cell disease, thalassemia), 3) blood loss or destruction of RBCs (hemolysis) 4) dysfunction of bone marrow (e.g. aplastic anemia). If you are anemic, it is important to find out what is causing it. ...Read more

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How can I develop anemia?

How can I develop anemia?

Red blood cells: Anemia happens when you do not have enough red blood cells and hemoglobin. It may be a production problem in the bone marrow or you may have chronic blood loss. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. ...Read more

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How to help my son anemia?

How to help my son anemia?

Can you be more...: Specific? We'd like to be helpful to you but need more information about your son's specific situation to give you pertinent facts and advice on next steps. ...Read more

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What can I take for anemia?

Treat the Cause: Go see a doctor who can figure out why you have anemia. Then there may be a way to fix the cause and the anemia can be controlled or even eliminated but it all depends on what is the cause of your Anemia??? ...Read more

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Causes of low anemia in men?

Low Blood Count: This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously. First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections? Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract. Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated. ...Read more

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Anemia; is ethnicity a factor?

Sometimes: Anemia is sometimes much more likely is certain ethnicities. These anemias include sickle cell and thalassemia minor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have anemia?

Symptoms: You might have anemia if you are pale, very tired all the time, on chemotherapy, on dialysis or have obvious external bleeding including black tarry stools. For any of these see your family doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What could I do to help anemia?

What could I do to help anemia?

Low red blood cells: In order to make a treatment plan you need to know the cause of the anemia. ...Read more

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Can anemia cause pain to occur?

Possible: Many people get aches and cramps in their legs when they are anemic and can be an early sign. If there are other pathologies, such as peripheral vascular disease, then it can cause an increase in pain as well. There is also weak evidence in the literature suggesting anemia can make fibromyalgia pain worse. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of anemia?

Dizziness, fatigue: People with symptoms may or may not have symptoms. The most common symptoms are fatigue and dizziness. If the anemia is long term and slowly progressing you may not have symptoms. If you suspect that you may have anemia see your doctor so that he or she can decide if testing is needed. ...Read more

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How to tell if my son has anemia?

Simple blood test: Anemia, or the relative lack of enough blood to meet the standard expected for age and gender, is easily determined by blood test. Significant anemia can show up as pallor, lack of energy, fatigue & lack of interest. Simple signs consistent with normal levels include high energy level, glowing pink in the fleshy inside of the lower eye lids, pink to red lines in the palmer creases when folded back. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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Osteoporosis (Definition)

A condition in which bones ...Read more