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A 22-year-old member asked:

what is iron deficiency anemia and can i correct it by changing my diet?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Too little iron: When your body doesn't have enough iron, you have iron deficiency anemia. Sources of iron - egg yolks, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan.
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Low red blood count: Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in the world. It almost always is caused by bleeding. It is very common in menstruating women and in pregnancy. Since it is a deficiency, it is corrected by ingesting iron, either iron rich foods (especially red meats) or an iron supplement. The most important aspect in evaluating iron deficiency is not the treatment, but finding the cause.

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Can my diet while breastfeeding prevent my baby's allergies?

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No: Most current research does not support the idea that specific food avoidance can prevent food allergies in babies. However, if you are sensitive or someone in your direct family is allergic to a specific food (i.e. Peanuts), it may make sense to wait til at least 1 year old to introduce this food.
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Must my child eat a balanced diet every day?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Good luck trying: The balanced diet is an adult idea, & a good one to practice for your lifetime.However it is a bit impractical when you deal with kids. Breast milk is balanced, but get past weaning & you must deal with a kid with his/her own ideas about eating. I like to look on kids from the vantage point of a balanced week rather than meal or day. Before school age their brain directs their cravings & does ok.
A 30-year-old female asked:

I have a problem with my hair..It falls alot.The doctor told me main problem is low iron..Ive been taking iron pills for months now.No improvement.?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Needs re-eval: Conditions like this are often transient. Doesn't sound like you have proven iron deficiency and in any case you should be back up to normal by now. Sounds like you need to talk to your doc again.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to loose weight with out going a diet? I'm having a very time getting this weight off of me 5'9 at 242 it all in the belly...

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Exercise : Adding exercise and self control by reducing portion intake and eating the right foods while counting calories is best. Increase fruit and fiber intake if not eating enough. Take a yoga course or start swimming if not already. Good, low impact exercises. If considering surgical options, know that the best procedures and surgtons usually require that one starts losing weight first.
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A 46-year-old female asked:

I use to have lukemia, in 1990, now I have iron deficiency anemia I have been getting iron i'v for 7yrs they can't seem to figure out where the bleedi?

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Dr. Alan Faustino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Not bleeding: These are several ways that you can be anemic and its not only from bleeding, you can either not make enough blood, you are loosing it (bleeding) or your body is eating you blood up. Sometimes we get into habits and just keep doing the samething over and over, ask your doctor to take a good second look and perform new test and blood work.

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