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Blood Cells

Oct 24, 2013

Hi there, I just recently had a blood test and got my results, I have been told that the results show im not anemic however my red blood cells are larger than they should be. I do not drink and tend to exercise regularly. What could be the possible cause of this? and what ways can i treat this problem? Also can it damage my health if untreated? would Multi vitamin tablets from boots help with this problem?

kindest regards

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

It's common to find enlarged red blood cells (the test is called MCV) among people living with HIV who are on treatment. Though there are a few other causes, namely certain vitamin deficiencies, if you don't have anemia, there's nothing to worry about.

Multivitamins are not needed for this situation; indeed a recent large analysis showed little benefit. BY

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