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Posted by Arthur on October 11, 1999 at 21:10:15:

In Reply to: thalasemia minor (inherited anemia) posted by Ruben Dante Allas on February 16, 1999 at 19:01:08:

I am currently 22, and I was diagnosed with thal minor, when I was six years old.
In the early 80's I was told to take iron supplements, but now I know they probably
will not help me. It has been very fustrating as I have never been able to perform as
well as my peers with aerobic activities such as endurance running.

I am also not sure about what to do about this illness, but I have noticed that when
I jog twice or more a week (15 minutes per session.), my energy level is still higher
than "normal" people who don't exercise.

I have been told that taking vitamin C and E will help poduce more red blood cells
which might help, but so far I have found no documentation on this. I have also been
very fustrated by the lack of information of thal minor on the Web.

Finally, I would like to say that we got it a lot better than those with thal major.
The last thing I want, is to have a kid with thal major, and if I ever do have kids
I plan to make sure that my partner is not a carrier of this disease.

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