By ElizabethSC Latest Reply 2008-11-16 16:23:47 -0600
Started 2008-11-13 17:42:15 -0600

I just want to know what is anemia and what could happen if not treated?

19 replies

GabbyPA 2008-11-16 15:53:14 -0600 Report

Hey Lizzy,
I just read this little blurb about anemia, thought you would like to know.

According to one study, people with type 2 diabetes should take steps to reduce the risk of developing anemia, a condition characterized by insufficient hemoglobin levels and reduced oxygen-carrying capacity. Published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the study by Australian scientists was based on five years of research involving 500 diabetic patients. At the conclusion of the study period, researchers discovered that roughly one-fourth of the diabetic patients developed anemia, the majority of them early on in the five-year time span. Patients with diabetic kidney disease were more likely to develop anemia than those diabetics with fully-functioning kidneys. Researchers recommended anemia screening for all high-risk groups, including type 2 diabetics, at least once a year.
"Life-Script" April 2008

It is not overly detailed, but if it is a concern, I would get the screening done at your next visit and ask your doctor about some treatment for it.

GabbyPA 2008-11-16 14:55:53 -0600 Report

I think the poster of the explination did a great job. I learned a lot. My husband suffers from it. Unfortunately, with his high cholesterol he cannot consume the liver (not that he would want to...LOL) Iron also makes him irritable, so we take it easy on that. He is not chronic, so the doctor has not perscribed anything nor have we been warned about lack of treatment unless he just can't keep energy up to go thru the day, and so far we have been lucky enough to not have to deal with that.

Anonymous 2008-11-16 11:41:30 -0600 Report

it is to bad that a person is asking for help and it is turned into a fighting ring. lets help her.

2008-11-16 13:39:06 -0600 Report

To All,
Can we not just get along with each
other!!!! Just remember we all are here
for a reason, to help one anouther.
Besides we are comming into the Holidays,
where we should be thankful and love
anouther, Always

kdroberts 2008-11-14 08:52:48 -0600 Report

Just remember that your a1c might (probably will) be falsely higher than it should be if you have anemia. I've read studies that have seen a decrease of close to 1% in anemic subjects who had their anemia treated and no other changes in diabetic treatment.

Anonymous 2008-11-15 16:22:09 -0600 Report

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2008-11-15 17:10:32 -0600 Report

Hi Anonymous,
My Friend, I don't want to see you go!!!
I have really taken what you have to say as
so important.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-15 17:32:03 -0600 Report

I too enjoy this site for diabetic information I already know and learning more on the way. I feel you add a lot of useful information to this site. We are going from useful info these days to just regular chating about various subjects. Many people enjoy it, but I too have layed low from time to time. Its hard for me to answer questions to a discussion that pertains to a type 2 when I'm a type 1. Sometimes I give some advise and get shot down so fast. I telling you probably not what you want to hear but from my heart what I did to get through my situation. I love following alot of the discuussion and will to try some new at all times. But when I ask the MD they say it don't pertain to you. So I don't do it. I like seeing the difference between the type 1 and 2. Believe it or not , there really is a big difference. So when you don't see me answering I don't pertain to the subject. I still enjoy reading all the discussions. I think this is an awesome site and enjoy being on it. I am not on this site for the point value. I am on here to learn as friends to fight this diease…Debe

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-15 17:42:46 -0600 Report

well i am a dummy and i don't know who you are. but please don't go! we all really do need each other. i would figure it out after awhile and then would be sad.

kdroberts 2008-11-15 21:00:01 -0600 Report

It's a very sad life you lead. To the other replies to this post, it's a copy and paste of one of my posts by a very childish and pathetic member of the site.

kdroberts 2008-11-16 10:42:11 -0600 Report

The person who wrote posted "Well, it seems I have become the devil incarnate according to a few people." is a very sad and pathetic individual. The post is a copy of a post I made a while ago and they seem to have posted it in some weird attempt to annoy me.

GabbyPA 2008-11-16 14:52:24 -0600 Report

Why did a copy of KD's response in another discussion get posted here? That is confusing. KD is still around and contributing where he can...What's up?

bucky 2008-11-14 01:41:48 -0600 Report

What is anemia?

Anemia is a common blood disorder, which is caused when there is a drop in hemoglobin or hematocrit in the blood.

hemoglobin - the part of blood that distributes oxygen from the lungs to tissues in the body.
hematocrit - the measurement of the percentage of red blood cells found in a specific volume of blood.

Anemia is often a symptom of a disease rather than a disease itself. Anemia usually develops because of one of these general categories:

excessive blood loss or hemorrhaging
deficient production of red cells
excessive red cell destruction
both decreased production and excessive destruction of red cells
What are the symptoms of anemia?

Most symptoms of anemia are a result of the decrease of oxygen in the cells or "hypoxia." Because red blood cells, as hemoglobin, carry oxygen, a decreased production or number of these cells result in "hypoxia." Many of the symptoms will not be present with mild anemia, as the body can often compensate for gradual changes in hemoglobin.

The following are the most common symptoms of anemia. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

abnormal paleness or lack of color of the skin
increased heart rate (tachycardia)
breathlessness, or difficulty catching a breath (dyspnea)
lack of energy, or tiring easily (fatigue)
dizziness, or vertigo, especially when standing
irregular menstruation cycles
absent or delayed menstruation (amenorrhea)
sore or swollen tongue (glossitis)
jaundice, or yellowing of skin, eyes, and mouth
enlarged spleen or liver (splenomegaly, hepatomegaly)
impaired wound and tissue healing
The symptoms of anemia may resemble other blood disorders or medical problems. Because anemia is often a symptom associated with another disease, it is important for your physician to be aware of symptoms you may be experiencing. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

What causes anemia?

Generally, anemia may be caused by several problems, including the following:

certain diseases
certain medications
poor nutrition
blood loss
What are the different types of anemia?

There are several different types of anemia, each with a specific cause and treatment, including the following:

iron-deficiency anemia
megaloblastic (pernicious) anemia
anemia of folate deficiency
hemolytic anemia
sickle cell anemia
Cooley's anemia (beta thalassemia)
aplastic anemia
chronic anemia
How is anemia diagnosed?

Anemia is usually discovered during a medical examination through a routine blood test. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for anemia may include additional blood tests and other evaluation procedures.

Treatment for anemia:

Specific treatment for anemia will be determined by your physician based on:

your age, overall health, and medical history
extent of the disease
your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
expectations for the course of the disease
your opinion or preference
Treatment may include:

treatment of the causative disease
vitamin and mineral supplements
change in diet
blood transfusion
bone marrow transplant
surgery (to remove the spleen, if related to hemolytic anemia)
antibiotics (if an infection is the causative agent)

Petrea 2008-11-14 01:31:36 -0600 Report

I have had anemia for about 5 years. First the dr. did a bunch of blood tests & then did tests to see if I was bleeding internally. He has me on a strong dose of iron,vitamin C,&folic acid combo tabs every day plus I eat liver about once a week & lots of greens every day & blood tests every 3 months to make sure it isn't getting any worse. I hope you can find what the cause is. It might just be that your body isn't absorbing the iron & the dr. can prescribe something for that. Take Care Petrea

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