MDS is a relatively rare condition that can lead to a depletion of red or white blood cells, anemia, heavy bleeding.
But no one could figure out the cause of her anemia until someone asked her more carefully about her diet.
Its relationship to anemia, however, is more complex than the cause-and-effect sequence I learned in medical school.
anemia a·ne·mi·a (ə-nē'mē-ə)
A pathological deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, measured in unit volume concentrations of hemoglobin, red blood cell volume, or red blood cell number.
A deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, as in the amount of hemoglobin or the number or volume of red blood cells. Iron deficiency, often caused by inadequate dietary consumption of iron, and blood loss are common causes of anemia. See also aplastic anemia, hemolytic anemia.and sickle cell anemia.
Note: Because people suffering from anemia often appear weak and pale, the term is frequently used to describe general apathy or weakness: “The team's performance has been pretty anemic these past few weeks.”