Sickle Cell Anemia

Also indexed as:Crescent Cell Anemia
Get support for sickle cell anemia by focusing on your unique nutritional needs. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Get support for sickle cell anemia by focusing on your unique nutritional needs. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Fight back with fish oil

    Reduce the frequency of severe pain episodes by taking a daily fish oil supplement providing 33 mg of EPA and 23 mg of DHA for every 2.2 pounds of body weight

  • Think zinc

    Under the supervision of a doctor, take a daily supplement of 100 mg of zinc, plus 2 mg of copper, to help prevent cell damage and speed healing of leg ulcers associated with sickle cell anemia

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about the medication hydroxyurea (Droxia), prescribed to help reduce the need for transfusions in adults with sickle cell anemia

  • Fill up on fluids

    Drink plenty of water and other fluids to maintain good circulation

  • Take a test

    Have your blood homocysteine levels checked to find out if daily folic acid supplements of 1 to 4 mg are right for you, or to discover if you have a vitamin B12 deficiency that requires treatment

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