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does eating ice lower your iron

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Rothman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Eating ice should not lower your iron levels. Is it possible that eating ice reduces your absorption of dietary iron? I suppose this may be possible a ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
It can NOT: Iron deficiency is mostly from blood loss such as heavy menstrual bleeding or child birth. Hookworm is an important cause in some places. Injuries, in ... Read More
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Dr. Theresa Henderson
41 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Does not cause: It is stated that people who are iron deficient tend to chew on ice. Chewing on ice does not cause iron deficiency.
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Iron spplement: Start Iron supplement, See doc.....find the cause.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Enjoy your ice: People who are iron-deficient tend to like to eat ice. I was skeptical until I discovered myself developing a sudden fondness for ice-eating, checked ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Take diff. multi. &: No adult males should take iron supplements unless proven deficient. Iron is a pro-oxidant that increases risk of disease and most men get plenty from ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: And nobody knows why people who suddenly like chewing on ice cubes tend to be newly iron deficient. I'd never believed this as a med student, but as a ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Blood loss: Removal of iron through blood loss/bleeding or intentional phlebotomy ( procedure to remove some blood ) - will lower your iron storage.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Wyatt
26 years experience Family Medicine
True: Need blood work to confirm. Pica is what the ice craving from iron deficiency is called. You need your iron, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels checke ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Hey Ethan!: You're in your prime, and life's too short and difficult for you to be fretting about lab values that are basically in the healthy range. This is perf ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Videh Mahajan
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Iron: There is no direct effect. Milk in tea (if used) does have a potential to decrease iron absorption from stomach.

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