Journal article

Functional erythropoietin deficiency in patients with Type 2 diabetes and anaemia

MC Thomas, C Tsalamandris, R MacIsaac, G Jerums

DIABETIC MEDICINE | WILEY | Published : 2006


AIMS: Anaemia is a common finding in patients with diabetic nephropathy. Impaired production of erythropoietin is thought to be the predominant cause, as a result of renal microvascular disease. This study aims to determine the prevalence of functional erythropoietin deficiency in a cross-sectional survey of patients with Type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Clinical data on 604 patients with Type 2 diabetes were obtained, including a full blood count, iron indices and detailed history of diabetic complications. Erythropoietin levels were correlated with the presence of anaemia, iron deficiency and renal dysfunction. Functional erythropoietin deficiency was defined by erythropoietin levels in the norma..

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