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If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body. The most common cause of anemia is not having enough iron. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that gives the red color to blood. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Anemia has three main causes: blood loss, lack of red blood cell production, and high rates of red blood cell destruction.

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  1. Anemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body. The most common cause of anemia is not having enough iron. Your body needs ...
  2. Aplastic Anemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    Aplastic anemia is a rare but serious blood disorder. If you have it, your bone marrow doesn't make ... cause is unknown. Your doctor will diagnose aplastic anemia based on your medical and family histories, a ...
  3. Thalassemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... carries oxygen to the body. That leads to anemia. Thalassemias occur most often among people of Italian, ... severe. Some people have no symptoms or mild anemia. The most common severe type in the United ...
  4. Sickle Cell Anemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    Sickle cell anemia is a disease in which your body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. The cells are shaped like ... normal, round red blood cells. This leads to anemia. The sickle cells also get stuck in blood ...
  5. Macrocytic achylic anemia; Congenital pernicious anemia; Juvenile pernicious anemia; Vitamin B12 deficiency (malabsorption) ... Pernicious anemia is a type of vitamin B12 anemia. The body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells. ...
  6. Anemia - immune hemolytic; Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) ... reason, the condition is called idiopathic autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The antibodies may also be caused by: Complication ...
  7. Immune hemolytic anemia secondary to drugs; Anemia - immune hemolytic - secondary to drugs ... Drugs that can cause this type of hemolytic anemia include: Cephalosporins (a class of antibiotics) -- most common ...
  8. Anemia - Fanconi's ... Fanconi's anemia is due to an abnormal gene that damages cells, which keeps them from repairing damaged DNA. To inherit Fanconi's anemia, a person must get one copy of the ...
  9. Anemia - sickle cell; Hemoglobin SS disease (Hb SS); Sickle cell disease ... Sickle cell anemia is caused by an abnormal type of hemoglobin called hemoglobin S. Hemoglobin is a protein inside red blood cells ...
  10. Anemia of inflammation; AOCD; ACD ... Anemia is a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells in the blood. Some conditions can lead to anemia of chronic disease include: Autoimmune disorders , such as ...
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