INFLAMMATION CAN CAUSE ANEMIA, ESPECIALLY IN ATHLETES
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Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr. Simone) – Inflammation caused by certain foods, drink, lifestyle, or chronic illnesses can cause anemia. Intense exercise causes inflammation which in turn can cause anemia in athletes. Inflammation causes higher levels of a protein called hepcidin especially in athletes because of training-induced inflammation. Hepcidin reduces iron absorption and reduces iron release from body stores. Athletes also have iron loss secondary to gastrointestinal blood loss and also exercise induced hemolysis. In addition, the kidney production of erythropoietin is suppressed by inflammation resulting in decreased red cell production. Red cells carry oxygen.
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