Sickle Cell Anaemia Pt.2
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As you know DMD are all about bants, relating, talking about and sharing real life experiences including your own. We are also heavily passionate about discussing health related topics, building a better understand and sharing this with you in our own special way. This month (September) is Sickle Cell Awareness month so its only right that we do our bit and further raise that SCD awareness.
About Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) affects people of many racial and ethnic groups. In the United States, 90,000 to 100,000 people mainly Blacks or African Americans have SCD. The disease occurs among about 1 of every 500 Black or African-American births and among about 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births. Other people affected include those of Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian origin. In addition, more than 2 million people carry the sickle cell gene that allows them potentially to pass the disease on to their children.
Among those with SCD, their red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle-shaped cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. When a person doesn’t have enough red blood cells, they have a condition called anaemia. Also, when these misshaped blood cells travel through small blood vessels, they can get stuck and clog the blood flow. Whenever this happens, it results in severe pain and organ damage and can cause serious infections.
Listen to the DMD Podcast – Sickle Cell Anaemia Pt.2 below available on all platforms. If you missed Pt.1 of the DMD Podcast – Sickle Cell Anaemia you listen to the Podcast below via iTunes, Soundcloud, through your favourite android podcast player from Google Play Store or you can simply download or listen to the podcast below in your browser.
DMD – Sickle Cell Podcast Pt.2
DMD – Sickle Cell Podcast Pt.1
18th September 2017
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