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Can Iron Supplement Reverse Anemia in IgA Nephropathy


2013-07-19 14:49

Can Iron Supplement Reverse Anemia in IgA NephropathyPeople with IgA nephropathy are at risk of anemia.It is a disorder in which the body is not making enough red blood cells.Red blood cells are responsible for distributing oxygen to all cells in the body.Then the body’s cells can use the energy from food.Fewer oxygen means less oxygen is sent to the cells. Without oxygen, the tissues and organs can not function as well as they should. Due to this, the patients with anemia often feel very tired and have pale face. In addition, anemia may also contribute to heart problems.

Why is anemia a common problem for people with IgA Nephropathy? Because the disease can cause low levels of erythropoietin and/or iron in the body.

Healthy kidneys can produce a hormone called erythropoietin,or EPO,which can stimulate the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. So proper number of red blood cells can be produced to carry oxygen to vital organs. However, in IgA nephropathy, the diseased kidneys fail to make enough EPO. Thus, the bone marrow make less red blood cells.This is an important cause of anemia in IgA nephropathy.How to treat anemia in this case? Email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com  to get more suggestions.

Another cause of anemia is low levels of iron in body. Iron is mainly found in foods high in proteins that helps make hemoglobin, the protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen.However,if the patients with IgA nephropathy have reduced renal function, especially those with proteinuria, they have to reduce the amount of protein in diet.So they may not get adequate amounts of iron from their diet.Therefore,it is important to arrange their diet in a right way.How much protein to consume each day in IgA nephropathy? Chat with our medical professional to get the answer.

Additionally, the high-building of wastes can also affect red blood cells. Since the body is unable to filter toxins from body adequately, the toxins remain in bloodstream which can shorten the lifespan of the existing red blood cells.

The above are the common causes of anemia in IgA nephropathy. Iron supplement can help if the anemia is associated with low levels of iron in blood. Also, iron pills can be taken, but they do not work well in patients as iron given intravenously.

Generally, anemia in IgA nephropathy is contributed to multiple causes mentioned above. Therefore, more than one treatment methods are needed.What is a good treatment plan for you to treat anemia? Please talk with our medical professional to get more treatment suggestions.




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