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Doctor insights on: Can Laxative Abuse Cause An Iron Deficiency

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Can alcohol abuse cause iron deficiency? Thank you

Can alcohol abuse cause iron deficiency? Thank you

Not by itself: Alcoholics may have iron poor diets and may bleed from the stomach lining after drinking causing iron loss. This is why they are often iron depleted. ...Read more

Laxative Abuse (Definition)

Laxatives come in various types. Stimulant laxatives are potentially the most "dangerous" in that there is the potential to cause a weak or "cathartic" colon. In this condition, the colon becomes sluggish and ultimately unresponsive to laxatives. Laxative abuse is most common in young women trying to ...Read more


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What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

Anemia: Iron is critical to making hemoglobin. Iron deficiency cause anemia. If it is low, it can be due to several causes and should be investigated carefully. See your doc right away if you think you are low in iron and/or anemic. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause regular stools?

Can iron deficiency cause regular stools?

Regular: Regular means normal and thus not in any way an indication of any medical condition. ...Read more

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Are there other things that cause anemia besides iron-deficiency?

Are there other things that cause anemia besides iron-deficiency?

Chronic diseases: Such as sickle cell, thalassemia,, GI bleed, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, renal disease can also cause anemia. Prenicious anemia (due to autoimmune destruction of special stomach cells), folate (folic acid) and B12 deficiencies are other causes. Talk with your docotr if special testing is required to determine etiology of anemia and if colonoscopy is required. ...Read more

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Could iron deficiency cause shortness of breath?

Could iron deficiency cause shortness of breath?

Indirectly...: If the iron deficiency is severe enough, iron deficiency anemia will result. With this anemia, there is less hemoglobin to carry the oxygen molecules to the tissues and this will cause shortness of breath. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency cause dark circles under your eyes?

Can an iron deficiency cause dark circles under your eyes?

Unlikely cause: Iron deficiency can cause anemia and drowsiness. There may be the appearance of dark circles if fluid accumulates around the eyelids. Treating the deficiency may not improve the circles, however. And circles around the eyes are not an indicator of whether someone has anemia. ...Read more

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Could having a cold cause anemia / iron deficiency to get worse?

Could having a cold cause anemia / iron deficiency to get worse?

Yes it can: Having a virus can suppress the bone marrow, making an anemia worse, no matter what the cause. The virus basically interferes with the body's ability to produce new red blood cells. It will not make the iron deficiency worse, but it will make the anemia worse (and the symptoms from being anemic). ...Read more

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Is possible for an iron deficiency to cause shortness of breath?

Is possible for an iron deficiency to cause shortness of breath?

Yes: Iron deficincy means low hemoglobin level which menifests as weakness and shortness of breath on mild exertion becaause you can not have enough oxygen in the body withour normal hemoglobion level. ...Read more

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What are the causes of vitamin d and iron deficiency besides nutrition?

What are the causes of vitamin d and iron deficiency besides nutrition?

Darkness.bleeding: Vitamin d is can be produced in your body by exposure to sunlight. If you avoid the sun, you will be deficient.
Iron deficiency is mostly through excessive bleed (heavy periods). ...Read more

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What are the causes of vitamin d and iron deficiency besides nutrition?

What are the causes of vitamin d and iron deficiency besides nutrition?

Darkness & Bleeding: Avoiding sunlight causes vitamin d deficiency--rickets tends to occur in northern climes in the winter. The main non-nutritional cause of iron deficiency is bleeding, including menstrual blood loss, which is why women are at greater risk for this than men. Men can become iron deficient due to unseen blood loss from stomach ulcers or intestinal cancers. ...Read more

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What are the causes of iron deficiency anemia if I am eating plenty of iron?

Iron deficiency: Bleeding, cancer, bone marrow diseases, heavy menses, poor absorbtion etc... ...Read more

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What may cause iron deficiency? And what may cause vitamin d deficiency?

What may cause iron deficiency? And what may cause vitamin d deficiency?

Read on: Vitamin d deficiency is caused by lack of intake from milk or milk products and by lack of exposure to sunlight.

Iron deficiency is caused by lack of iron intake in diet or loss of blood from heavy menstrual periods, surgery, injury. ...Read more

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How can eating ice can cause iron deficiency?

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. ...Read more

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Does tea cause iron deficiency?

Does tea cause iron deficiency?

No: Tea or toast does not cause iron deficiency at all. But if you live off pretty much just things like tea, toast, alcohol, etc., then you will become iron deficient from lack of nutrients, including iron. ...Read more

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Can extreme iron deficiency cause pots?

Can extreme iron deficiency cause pots?

Probably not: Postural tachycardia syndrome is complex overlapping syndrome of unknown causes. Cfs/fm are a part of this array. You and your doc should be able to correct you iron levels, once stable if the pots goes away, that is a 1 to 1 relationship. If when the iron is correct and you still having pots, you need to balance yourself and get a 2nd opinion. Begin a self-care w a wellness program. See my page. ...Read more

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Is milk a common cause of iron deficiency?

Is milk a common cause of iron deficiency?

Yes.: In toddlers, this is a common contributor of iron deficiency. In order to effectively correct the iron deficiency, it requires iron supplementation and a limiting of milk intake. Milk has a low iron content, can interfere with iron absorption, and can cause low levels of bleeding from the intestines. All of these can cause iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Does iron deficiency cause bloating?

Does iron deficiency cause bloating?

Not usually: But certain conditions like celiac disease (gluten allergy) can cause both iron deficiency and bloating. Best to have your parent discuss this with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What's more likely to cause a patchy mustache, folliculitis or iron deficiency?

Probably just you: Genetics; some guys can grow a great 'stache, others can't. The more chest hair & thicker beard, the sooner you'll probably go bald. You may also be iron deficient -- get the cause found and treated; hope you're not a non-supplementing vegetarian. Most guys get occasional inflamed follicles; if you have pityrospirum folliculitis, it's easy to treat. Many women prefer sparse facial hair in the us. ...Read more

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What are the causes for a child to have low HGB besides iron deficiency? Thanks!

What are the causes for a child to have low HGB besides iron deficiency? Thanks!

Several: Although iron deficiency is the most common, there are several other causes. Chronic blood loss is one, lead poisoning another, conditions that impair red cell production (genetic or malignancy). Docs often just do a trial at adding iron to see if the kid responds before putting the kid trough extensive tests. ...Read more

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Can melanoma cause iron deficiency?

Yes possible: As we depend on the iron in our diet to supply us with our needs, iron deficiency anemia will occur more quickly if a person's intake is poor for any reason or the quality of their diet is unsatisfactory.
This could happen when people with melanoma which spread to the whole body. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

Directly no...but: Weigh gain shouldn't be a direct result of low iron.
But if you are iron deficient, you may be more fatigued and not exercise leading to weight gain. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

No.: Fe deficiency does not cause wt gain. In a young menstruating female iron deficiency is caused by monthly loss of blood. ...Read more

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What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

Many: There are many causes for anemia (RBC), just list a few: 1) decreased production due to not enough nutrition, B12/folate/iron def, or bone marrow diseases or bone marrow suppression from drugs/radiations or due to chronic kidney disease (not enough epoietin); 2) increased destruction: intravascular or extravascular hemolysis; 3) blood loss or chronic disease/cancer or some congenital diseases. ...Read more

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