Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to provide oxygen to body tissues. Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells. It gives red blood cells their red color. People with anemia do not have enough hemoglobin.
There are many possible causes of anemia including kidney disease and diseases that harm or destroy your blood cells. Having low levels of either iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid in your body may also result in anemia.
People with kidney disease often get anemia because the kidneys produce a hormone called erthyropoietin (EPO) that tells your body to make red blood cells. As your kidney disease progresses the kidney’s ability to make EPO is reduced, resulting in the production of fewer red blood cells.
Upon diagnosis of anemia resulting from low iron levels or poor kidney function, our providers may recommend a number of treatment options.