Vitamin C May Improve Anemia Care

Vitamin C May Improve Anemia Care
Vitamin C May Improve Anemia Care

Ascorbic acid may help to manage anemia in hemodialysis (HD) patients, according to a study.&

Romanian researchers randomized 69 HD patients with anemia to receive, for 12 months, 300 mg intravenous ascorbic acid 3 times a week, or placebo. 

After the first 3 months, the ascorbic acid group had a significantly greater rise in hemoglobin compared with the control group. Doses of erythropoiesis-stimulating agent decreased significantly after 6 months only in the intervention arm, but remained stable in the control group. Serum ferritin increased only in patients on ascorbic acid and only after 6 months. Iron requirements decreased significantly only in the intervention group.

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