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Anemia and chronic kidney disease

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anemiaAnemia is common in people with kidney disease. It will be more common in patients with Kidney Failure. There is no doubt anemia will make patients fatigue and get a poor appetite, which can more or less affect the quality of life. Now are you ready to follow us to learn more about anemia and kidney disease?

What is anemia?

Anemia happens when your body is not making enough red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all the cells in the body. The body’s cells use oxygen to change the glucose we get from food into energy. Fewer red blood cells means less oxygen is sent to the cells. Without enough oxygen, the tissues and organs have less energy to perform their jobs.

What are the symptoms of anemia?

-Feeling weak

-Feeling tired or fatigued

-Shortness of breath


-Poor Appetite

-Rapid heartbeat

-Pale skin and gums

-Inability to think clearly

Anemia and chronic kidney disease

Healthy kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO). When the body senses low oxygen levels, it tells the kidneys to release EPO which tells your bone marrow to make more red blood cells. However, if the kidneys are damaged, they may make little or no EPO.

The build up of waste in the bloodstream can also affect red blood cells. Healthy kidneys filter toxins from the bloodstream but kidneys affected with kidney disease are unable to filter as well as they should. The wastes will shorten the lifespan of the existing red blood cells.

Iron is a mineral found in protein-rich foods that helps make hemoglobin, the protein in the red blood cell that carrier oxygen. A major source of iron is red meat. Since patients in the early stage of kidney disease are suggested to reduce the amount of protein they eat, they may not be getting enough amounts of iron from their diet.

Treating anemia in kidney disease patients

-Your doctor may prescribe EPOGEN or Procrit, which will add to the amount of erythropoietin your body makes naturally. Your doctor may also have you take iron supplements, especially if you are taking EPOGEN or Procrit. Adequate amounts of iron are needed in order for EPOGEN or Procrit to work effectively.

If you are not getting enough iron, your doctor will refer you to a renal dietitian. Moreover, you will work on a meal plan that will include kidney-friendly foods rich in iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid.

Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is commonly used in clinic to recover kidney function. In that case, kidneys can make enough EPO again, also the wastes building up in the body can be naturally be eliminated. This treatment is based on Chinese herbal medicines, but used externally. Kidney disease patients do not need to worry about the side effects. If you still have questions, you can leave a message below or email us to

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