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What is anaemia?

Anaemia is a medical condition that occurs when there are not enough red blood cells in your body.
Anaemia can happen if your body:

  • does not make enough red blood cells
  • loses too many red blood cells
  • destroys the old red blood cells faster than new cells can be made.

Red blood cells are the most common type of cells in your blood. Their main function is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the other parts of the body, such as your muscles, bones and other organs. The oxygen delivered by the red blood cells gives you energy and makes sure your body is working as it should.

When you have anaemia, it is common to feel tired due to the lack of energy delivered to your body.

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Connect with the kidney community

There are many kidney support groups around the country and online for patients, parents and carers to connect with others going through a similar experience.

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