Blood disorders are when something in your blood prevents it from doing its job. While some blood disorders are caused by genes, some can develop as a result of other diseases, medications or a lack of nutrients in your diet.
There are several different types of blood disorders. Some resolve completely with therapy, or do not cause symptoms and do not affect overall lifespan (they are benign). Some are chronic and lifelong but do not affect how long you live. Other blood disorders, like sickle cell disease and blood cancers, can be fatal. The blood disorder list includes:
- Polycythemia vera.
- Sickle cell disease.
- Von Willebrand disease.
What are the most common types of blood disorders?
Benign blood disorders include bleeding (platelet) disorders, red blood cell disorders like anemia, and white blood cell disorders. Other blood disorders can cause chronic illness or are life-threatening like sickle cell anemia, leukemia and lymphoma.