The condition called G6PD deficiency is a genetic disorder that mostly affects men. This is when the body does not produce sufficient glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase G6PD (enzyme).
The enzyme aids the red blood cells to function well. This also protects them from blood substances that can be potentially harmful to them.
Those with this deficiency’s red blood cells do not produce enough amount of G6PD or what they produce does not function as expected. When the G6PD is not enough, red blood cells can break. The process is called hemolysis. The person may have hemolytic anemia once the red blood cells are destroyed. Symptoms can involve dizziness, tiredness and other related symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of G6PD deficiency
Extreme dizziness or tiredness
Tea, dark-colored urine
The deficiency is inherited. Those who are born with it was passed on from either or both of the parent through the genes. It can be passed on to the children and do not have symptoms at all.
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