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Is there any cure other than animal meat for Thalassemias with vegetarian diet ?

My girlfriend is suffering from Thalassemias. Her doctor advised her to take animals meat for it because she was used to eat it since her childhood and her body is now habitual for it. Doctor says if she you eat meat she couldn t be well and cured again. Pls tell me if there is any cure of this sickness with only a pure vegetarian diet . I m really worried for it and aebecause of this our relationship is about to end. Please help us. I shall be thankful to you in my entire life
Asked On : Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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Hi Dear
Welcome to the board of health Care magic

Thallasemia is a disease with abnormal forming hemoglobin due to genetic disorders.This Abnormal hemoglobin is not stable and Red Blood Cells get ruptured easily and early. Thus creating a situation that patient is always anemic.
Because of excess rupture of RBCs there is lot of iron circulating in the blood fluid.
But i would like to explain you that there is not much relevance of taking only non vegetarian meals. And this is not going to help much in the disease process.
There is no cure of the disease with the vegetarian diet.

Severe Anemia caused by extra hemolysis is usually managed by often blood transfusion.
Extra Iron produced by excess hemolysis is circulating in body fluid and many times this extra iron may cause some harm to the body tissues.
So for this some chellating agents are used to take out the excess iron from the body.

New Hope for the cure of the disease lies on the newer techniques like ;
*Bone marrow transplant.
*Stem cell therapy.

Hope your query is answered and useful to you.

Answered: Thu, 18 Jul 2013
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