This site needs to remove the statements about Sickle Cell Trait because it is wrong. If you have the Trait you will have pain in your body. I have the Trait and also have 4 children with the Trait . I am also published in this area of Sickle Cell disease. If you have the Trait you can go blind. Three of my mother's siblings lost their site. The life expectancy of a person with the Trait is 64 years old. My one son almost became sterile because of a pain crisis. I have had many pain crises as well as my children and grand children , aunts and uncles. Most days the body can feels like your trying to walk in water. Taking supplements like fish oil in high doses can help your blood. I have seen what alcohol can do to the kidneys of a person who has the Trait. My children are all Caucasian and when I have taken them to the hospital the doctors will tell me I am a liar about the Trait when they have been in a pain crisis. I have traced the genealogy of Sickle Cell. One must take a certain kind of blood test to find out if they have the Trait. The Sickle Cell if exposed to oxygen in the air it will destroy that cell. The more you keep your body hydrated and eat healthy the better. You hear stories all the time if people with the Trait who die and then they say the person had the Trait and it turned into the disease. The Trait is a disease. Let's understand that and take care of our bodies knowing we might have issues if we do not take care of ourselves.