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ANEMIA?
Apr 10, 2003

How would a person get anemia? can someone become anemic from anorexia or bulimia?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

This is an HIV information website. Therefore, Ill assume you are HIV-positive. Anemia in the setting of HIV disease can have many causes, including:

1. HIV itself. HIV causes chronic inflammation, which can suppress the red blood cell factories in our bone marrow. 2. HIV-related conditions infections like MAC, TB, parvovirus B19, and many others. 3. Nutritional deficiencies vitamin B-12, folic acid, iron, etc. resulting from poor absorption or inadequate diet. 4. Hormonal imbalances. 5. Immune-mediated destruction of red blood cells. 6. Medication toxicities. 7. HIV-related malignancies. 8. Blood loss.

Anorexia and/or bulimia? These could result in anemia, but only indirectly. For instance, these conditions might lead to nutritional deficiencies.

Hope that helps.

Dr. Bob


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