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can you tell me about iron deficiency and hypouricemia = how common is this?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Uric acid: Low Uric acid is never a problem. Ignore anyone who tells you otherwise. Lab reference ranges arecsetvso that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Iron deficiency by contrast is extremely serious, especially if the cause is not obvious.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

If you get black and blue marks easily, is that a sign of iron deficiency?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Black and blue marks: Easy bruising is not really a sign of iron deficiency but of a bleeding issue. You should seek attention from your physician so that you can be examined and have appropriate blood testing ordered.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is iron deficiency particularly common in one part of the world?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Iron and the World: Iron deficiency is the most common micronutrient deficiency in the world. It is most prevalent in developing countries. It causes anemia which has other profound affects on infectious diseases and with pregnancy outcomes.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

What is the association between pagophagia and iron deficiency?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What types of people are at risk for iron deficiency?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Various: Many things can cause iron deficiency & most fall into 2 main categories--blood loss & decreased iron intake. Ex's of the former include GI (intestine) bleeding & women's menstrual cycles (though many women are not iron deficient). Ex's of the latter include poor diet & impaired absorption. A healthy diet & limiting causes of GI bleeding (alcohol, nsaids like ibuprofen, naproxen) can help prevent.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Blood work if needed: The obvious question is, "why would you have iron deficiency?" this is pretty unusual in 36 year old males. They don't become iron deficient unless their diet contains minimal iron (vegans who don't like vegetables), they have trouble absorbing iron (removal of some of their intestine) or they have ongoing bleeding. If one of these apply, there are blood tests that can measure iron stores.

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