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How well someone with anemia will recover depends on the cause of the anemia and how severe it is. For example, if a stomach ulcer is causing anemia because of bleeding then the anemia can be cured if the ulcer is treated and the bleeding stops. If anemia is caused by kidney failure, however, then it most likely will require long-term monitoring and treatment.
In general, young people recover from anemia more quickly than older people do. Younger people also tolerate symptoms of anemia better than elderly people. Effects of anemia on elderly people tend to be more significant because of more underlying chronic medical problems. Anemia makes almost any medical problem worse.
Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO, American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2014
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