In order to raise awareness about Thalassemia- a genetic blood disorder, World Thalassemia Day is observed on May 8th every year. The day also commemorates Thalassemia victims who battle the disease.
The objective behind the day is also to make people aware about Thalassemia and how timely medical consultation can help, so that one's kids are not born with the same genetic disorder as theirs.
Thalassemia is an autosomal recessive blood disorder or in simple words a genetic blood disorder which reduces the haemoglobin count. A reduced haemoglobin can result in mild or severe anaemia. This blood disorder hampers the protein molecules resulting in weakening and destruction of the Red Blood Cells (RBC), which affect the haemoglobin formation in the body. The protein present in the RBC helps carry oxygen and circulate it in the body. The disease gets transferred from parents to the children.
The signs and symptoms of Thalassemia show up depending on the type of Thalassemia you have- mild or severe. Usually the symptoms show up at the time of birth or develop in the first two years of life. Some of the common symptoms are:
Thalassemia is caused by mutations in the DNA of cells that form haemoglobin. This genetic disorder is hereditary. Haemoglobin molecules are made of two types proteins: alpha and beta and one requires both for proper oxygen circulation in body. So, if you have an alpha molecule deficiency, you could be suffering from Alpha Thalassemia; and similarly if you have beta molecule deficiency, you could suffer from Beta-Thalassemia.
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