Anemia is a condition where you don’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Erythropoietin is a hormone produced by the kidney that facilitates red blood cell maturation within the bone marrow. CKD patients don’t produce enough of this hormone and therefore are often anemic.

But there is good news! A synthetic version of erythropoietin can be injected IV or subcutaneously under your skin. This helps to achieve a normal hemoglobin level. More importantly, treating anemia will greatly improve quality of life! You can look forward to improved sleep, mental clarity and good exercise stamina.

When left untreated, anemic patients often experience fatigue, weakness and shortness of breath. Other causes of anemia include iron deficiency, blood loss, and breakdown of healthy red blood cells.