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Iron-Deficiency Anemia and Nephrotic Syndrome

Iron-Deficiency Anemia and Nephrotic SyndromeIron-deficiency anemia, just as its name implies, refers to anemia that appears due to insufficient irone level in the body. Nephrotic Syndrome is an illness marked by increased permeability of glomerular filtration membrane. There is no direct relationship between iron-deficiency anemia and Nephrotic Syndrome. But for people with Nephrotic Syndrome, if they fail to arrange their diet well, they develop iron-deficiency anemia easily.

Nephrotic Syndrome is a kidney problem which can cause kidney weakness, so for people living with Nephrotic Syndrome, they must be very careful about their daily diet and try to avoid foods that may damage kidney or add extra burden on kidney. For this reason, they generally need to avoid high-potassium foods, high-sodium foods and high-phosphorus foods. On the basis of this, only a very few foods are available for them. Long-term diet limitation make them fail to ingest iron, and as a result, iron-deficiency appears. Iron plays an important role for the production of red blood cell, so when there is lack of iron in the blood, red blood cell count decreases and iron-deficiency anemia is caused.

Besides, healthy kidney produces a hormone named EPO (erythropoietin) which is an important component of red blood cell. For Nephrotic Syndrome patients, due to damage of kidney tissues, secretion of EPO decreases and also red blood cell count decreases. This aggravates anemia to some extent. Therefore, for an individual with iron-deficiency anemia and Nephrotic Syndrome, if he leave his kidney problem untreated, his anemia will become more and more serious.

Eating more high iron foods helps to alleviate iron-deficiency anemia, but due to Nephrotic Syndrome, some patients may find it difficult to ingest enough irone through daily diet. Under such a case, they try irone supplements which can help to replenish iron to the body.

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