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A 21-year-old female asked:

What causes iron deficiency anemia? i was diagnosed years ago, but am now being told it could be a symptom of something else more severe?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be caused by lack of iron in the food you eat, bleeding, inability to absorb iron as in celiac disease and pregnancy.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
In women, heavy menstruation is one of the most common causes before menopause, due to blood loss.
Nov 20, 2014
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Many causes: The most common cause of iron deficiency anemia in young women is blood loss from menstrual periods. It can also come from blood loss in the digestive system. There can also be problems with insufficient iron in the diet, problems with absorption of iron and with a breakdown of blood cells. Please follow up with your doctor or hematologist to find the cause and treatment.

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Last updated Dec 26, 2015

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