Diseases and conditions that cause your body to produce fewer red blood cells than normal include:
- Aplastic anemia.
- Certain medications, such as anti-retroviral drugs for HIV infection and chemotherapy drugs for cancer and other conditions.
- Chronic kidney disease.
- Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
What does it mean when your red blood cells are low?
A low red blood count, or anemia, can cause feelings of fatigue and weakness. When a person has a lower red blood count than is normal, their body has to work harder to get enough oxygen to the cells. The cells contain hemoglobin, which is a protein that carries oxygen around the body.
Is Low red blood cells a sign of cancer?
Because some conditions occur as side effects of the disease, the following may be signs of leukemia: Anemia: A low red blood cell count. Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body. This condition may contribute to weakness, fatigue or shortness of breath.
Is low blood count serious?
The most serious complications of low blood cell counts include: Infection. With a low white blood cell count and, in particular, a low level of neutrophils (neutropenia), a type of white blood cell that fights infection, you’re at higher risk of developing an infection. Infection can lead to death in severe cases.
How do I increase red blood cells?
5 nutrients that increase red blood cell counts
- red meat, such as beef.
- organ meat, such as kidney and liver.
- dark, leafy, green vegetables, such as spinach and kale.
- dried fruits, such as prunes and raisins.
- egg yolks.