1 in 6 patients with type 2 diabetes have anaemia

Annual anaemia checks have been recommended for people with type 2 diabetes by endocrinologists, who say the condition is present in one in six patients.

People with type 2 diabetes have a threefold increased risk of anaemia and it is associated with a 57% higher risk of mortality, according to Dr Richard Gauci and colleagues at the Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth.  

Their study of over 1500 patients with type 2 diabetes finds that 12-18% have anaemia, compared with rates of around 5% in the general population.

Erythrocyte production may be reduced