Do You Carry A Sickle Cell Trait?

    A smiling family sitting on their sofaPeople who inherit one sickle cell gene and one normal gene have what’s called sickle cell trait. This means the person won’t have the disease, but will be a trait “carrier” and can pass it on to his or her children.

    Who is most affected by sickle cell trait?

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    Sickle cell trait can affect people from all walks of life, including those whose ancestors come from Africa, South or Central America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean countries, India, and Saudi Arabia.

    Singer T-Boz revealed that when she was first diagnosed with the incurable sickle cell anemia, doctors told her she wouldn’t live past 30, wouldn’t have children and would be disabled. She beat the odds now with a daughter, and living the life she always desired.

    Usually, people with sickle cell trait live a normal life without any of the symptoms of sickle cell disease, but it’s possible for them to have complications under extreme conditions.

    What are the complications of sickle cell trait?

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