Did you know that anemia affects approximately half of all individuals with active lupus?
💉Anemia can be measured and discussed in different ways, such as low red blood cell count, low hemoglobin, or low hematocrit.
💉In the most important sense, anemia means too little hemoglobin. This is the protein inside red cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to all the tissues of the body.
💉Fatigue, a very common lupus symptom, is generally the first and most common symptom of anemia.
A helpful resource from the Lupus Foundation of America discusses anemia in those with lupus, and some common causes.
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