Anemia and Chronic Kidney Disease

If you are suffering from chronic kidney disease, you may develop anemia over time. This happens because your kidneys are damaged and are not functioning as they should.

Damaged kidneys are unable to produce the hormone erythropoietin, which stimulates the bone marrow to create red blood cells. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Fewer red blood cells mean less oxygen in your blood, and that could result in anemia.

This section discusses some of the causes of kidney disease and provides an overview of anemia related to chronic kidney disease and its management.

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