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Kids With Sickle Cell Anemia are More Sedentary Than Healthy Peers, Study Suggests

Children and adolescents with sickle cell anemia do less physical activity and have a more sedentary lifestyle than healthy controls, according to a study.

The study, “Objectively measured physical activity levels and sedentary time in children and adolescents with sickle cell anemia,” was published in PLOS ONE.

The red blood cells of patients with sickle cell anemia can obstruct the small blood vessels, leading to inflammation, pain, and impairment of the bones, muscles, and joints. This usually leads to reduced physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle that often starts at a young age.

However, physical activity is good for the health in the short and long term, and studies have shown that it may benefit people with sickle cell anemia.

A cross-sectional study performed at a Brazilian center evaluated the level of physical activity of children and adolescents with sickle cell anemia and compared it to that of healthy controls.