Anemia and diabetes

Am J Nephrol. Sep-Oct 2004;24(5):522-6. doi: 10.1159/000081058. Epub 2004 Sep 23.


World Health Organization statistics identify 150 million people with diabetes mellitus worldwide and suggest that this figure may double by 2025. In countries with a western lifestyle, the number of patients admitted for renal replacement therapy with diabetes as a co-morbid condition has increased significantly up to three to four times in a period of 10 years. Diabetes and renal failure are thus tightly linked diseases, and so is anemia. However, whether anemia may be worsened and/or directly, at least in part, caused by diabetes is not clearly elucidated yet. In this article, we review the prevalence, pathophysiology and consequences of anemia in diabetic patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anemia* / complications
  • Anemia* / epidemiology
  • Anemia* / physiopathology
  • Diabetes Complications* / complications
  • Diabetes Complications* / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Complications* / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Renal Insufficiency / complications