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How to Avoid Anemia in Stage 4 CKD Patients

How to Avoid Anemia in Stage 4 CKD PatientsIf you have been diagnosed with Stage 4 CKD, you may develop anemia, a condition in which the body produces a lower than normal number of red blood cells. Untreated anemia can affect major organs like your heart and brain. Early precautions of this problem may help prevent serious complications from happening.

What causes anemia in Stage 4 CKD?

▪ Damaged kidneys are unable to produce the hormone erythropoietin (EPO), 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 cause anemia.

▪ Too little iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid in your body. The body need these minerals and vitamins to help make red blood cells. Since people with Stage 4 Kidney Failure may need to follow a special diet, they may not get enough nutrients.

▪ A poor diet. You can become anemic if you do not eat healthy foods with enough vitamin B12, iron, and folic acid.

How to avoid anemia in Stage 4 CKD?

Recognizing the causes of this problems, effective measures will be taken to prevent its occurrence.

1. Get medical treatment as soon as possible to repair the kidney damage and restore the renal function. You can read this article for natural remedies 'Natural Treatment for Stage 4 Kidney Disease'.

2. Eating foods that are high in iron vitamin B12, and folic acid may be helpful. You dietitian can help you plan meals to include foods that are good sources of these vitamins and minerals. Check with your doctor before making any dietary changes.

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