Inflammatory Pathways to Anemia in the Frail Elderly

Juliette Tavenier, Sean X. Leng

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Abstract

Anemia is a common, yet often overlooked, geriatric syndrome characterized by reduced hemoglobin levels and associated with adverse health outcomes and early mortality. Evidence suggests that anemia is an independent risk factor for frailty in older adults. In this article, the authors review the evidence for the role of chronic inflammation in the pathogenesis of anemia in the frail elderly. Understanding the relationships between anemia, frailty, and chronic inflammation will pave the way for the development of novel interventional strategies for the treatment and prevention of anemia and, likely, also frailty in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-348
Number of pages10
JournalClinics in geriatric medicine
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Anemia
  • Frailty
  • Inflammation
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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