Why do people with advanced kidney disease commonly become anemic?

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There are actually a couple reasons for this - I'll try to explain as best I can in plain language (sometimes hard to do).

Chronic kidney disease frequently causes a chronic inflammatory state (especially if caused by diabetes, arthritis, lupus, etc) and causes the body to have difficulty utilizing iron stores in the body. This is not only caused by kidney disease - many chronic conditions, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc, can cause this. It is called anemia of chronic disease.

Yet another reason people with renal failure become anemic is because the kidneys produce the hormone that stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells - erythropoietin. When the kidneys shut down, they no longer make enough of this hormone, and so the body does not make enough red blood cells - hence anemia.

Another reason is because many people are on dialysis with chronic renal failure, which causes red blood cells to be more likely to break down. Dialysis also causes an inflammatory state in the body (due to interaction of blood with the dialysis machine) and so this increases the anemia of chronic disease and inability to utilize iron stores.

How long do people with polycystic kidney disease live?

I am not a doctor but I do have my mother who has PKD. Both her kidneys failed when she was 48 years old. She is now almost 71 years old and goes for dialysis treatments 3 tim

Can you have Crohn's disease and be anemic?

Yes. If the disease is active in and around the ileum or if the ileum (where the large and small bowel join) has been removed. The ileum is the part of the bowel that absorbs

Why do people with advanced kidney disease commonly become anemic or have reduced RBCs count or levels of hemoglobin?

Part of it is that kidneys produce erythropoetin, which is a hormone that stimulates red blood cell production in normal people. In kidney disease, this process is diminished.

Can people with crohn's disease be constipated and have kidney stones?

Yes. Kidney stones are very possible when you have Crohns disease and what you refer to as constipation could be a blockage. When the intestine narrows from active Crohns even

Why do anemic people crave ice?

people who are anemic crave ice mainly because of lack of oxygen distribution to the body. ice contains oxygen, so that's a good explanation. moreover, i don't understand why

What does it take to become anemic?

Anemia is caused by a lack of healthy red blood cells. As for what it takes to become anemic the list could go on and on. Basically anything that causes destruction of red blo