Thalassemia (also spelled thalassaemia) is an inherited autosomal recessive blood disease that originated in theMediterranean region. In thalassemia the genetic defect, which could be either mutation or deletion, results in … see full wiki
Other than being anemic, there is no backlash from this (inherited disorder of haemoglobin in the red blood cells) condition. As it is quite prevalent in the Asian population, it is of utmost importance to confirm if one has it or not when planning for pregnancy. If both parents carry traits of it, the child will be affected. Genetic counselling is needed in that case. Otherwise, no treatment is needed.
Thalassemia originated in the Mediterranean. The world Thalassa means sea (Mediterranean Sea) while anaemia means weak blood. Both are Greek words. To read more about this condition, click here. Most people won't know they carry Thalassemia unless they are tested mildly anemic or go for further testing. There are no outward symptoms and no special treatment, be it diet or medical is needed.
By the way, there's even a World Thalessemia Day! It falls on May 19, 2011 this year!
I suspect I'm a carrier though I haven't had it confirm by the doctor!