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Re: DNA/Beta Thalassemia
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Thalassemia Minor or Thalassemia Trait: In this condition, the lack of beta protein is not great enough to cause problems in the normal functioning of the hemoglobin. A person with this condition simply carries the genetic trait for thalassemia and will usually experience no health problems other than a possible mild anemia. As in mild alpha thalassemia, physicians often mistake the small red blood cells of the person with beta thalassemia minor as a sign of iron-deficiency anemia and incorrectly prescribe iron supplements.
People whose hemoglobin does not produce enough beta protein have beta thalassemia. It is found in people of Mediterranean descent, such as Italians and Greeks, and is also found in the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Africa, Southeast Asia and southern China.
In my case I am mildly anemic and avoid megadoses of iron which could cause other problems for those with thalassemia.
I have yet to find the Mediterranean link in my lineage, although some L3's were said to have gone to northern Africa as well.
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