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A 36-year-old member asked:

why do i have iron anemia when i eat a lot of spinach?

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Dr. RAJESH Sehgal
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Other reasons: You might be eating enough iron but if it is not geting absorbed or you are loosing iron, it will cause deficiency. Do you have heavy periods ?
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Fe deficiency anemia: Occurs when fe intake is not adequate to meet the needs of the body for red cell production.. Indeed, it is not a diagnosis unto itself, but rather an indication of another problem to be discovered and corrected to avoid recurrence. In your case, either your intake is not adequate, you don't absorb what you take in, or you have blood loss in excess of intake. Spinach is ok, but meat is better.

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