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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Anemia In Women Over 50

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Can anemia cause women to have shorter periods?

Can anemia cause women to have shorter periods?

Usually not!: Excessive menstual bleeding will cause anemia. No correlation the other way around! ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Low Blood Count (Definition)

Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...Read more


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For 57+ female what are typical causes of mild anemia (Hb 10.6, RBC 3.6) & Thrombocytopenia (Pt 1.2 L) along with ~5% weight loss over 6-months ?

For 57+ female what are typical causes of mild anemia (Hb 10.6, RBC 3.6) & Thrombocytopenia (Pt 1.2 L) along with ~5% weight loss over 6-months ?

Most common: is IRON DEFICIENCY but a complete work-up is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!.... This should include a GI evaluation and COMPLETE BLOOD analysis. (Iron , B-12-folic acid)....This should be done as soon as practicable! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can my low iron anemia cause my period not to come? Or to delay? Can my period be affected? Does anemia affect fertile in women?

Can my low iron anemia cause my period not to come? Or to delay? Can my period be affected? Does anemia affect fertile in women?

No: Anemia does not stop a period, the period makes anemia worse, anemia does not cause infertility. Irregular cycles can be heavier and cause anemia, considering the pill will help the anemia, and you need your blood in pregnancy, you may ovulate more regularly the if you take the pill a few months and stop. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can ~5% weight loss over 6-months be caused by nutritional iron deficiency anemia (Hb 11.1, PCV 35.4, RBC 3.75, Ferritin 39) for 57+ yr female ?

Can ~5% weight loss over 6-months be caused by nutritional iron deficiency anemia (Hb 11.1, PCV 35.4, RBC 3.75, Ferritin 39) for 57+ yr female ?

Same cause for both: It is likely that the weight loss and anemia are being caused by the same entity/disorder. It may be poor nutrition, malabsorption, parasitic infestation or an undiagnosed illness. It would be prudent to see a doctor for an in-person evaluation. Iron deficiency anemia in an adult male is always a concern for bleeding in the intestine. ...Read more

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Extreme anemia for a 60 yr. Old woman -causes?

Extreme anemia for a 60 yr. Old woman  -causes?

Blood loss: Blood loss from the gastro intestinal tract is the most common cause. This could be due to gastritis, ulcer, hemorrhoids, diverticuli, or tumor. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to anemia as well. Cancer of the blood is another concern. Seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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For 57+ female with Anemia (Hb 11.1) what are the possible causes of low ferritin (39) but decent B12 (498) ?

For 57+ female with Anemia (Hb 11.1) what are the possible causes of low ferritin (39) but decent B12 (498) ?

Menstrual blood loss: In women the commonest cause of iron deficiency anemia is excessive blood loss through menstruation. It can generally be made up by taking oral iron supplement and a multivitamin. It would be good idea to see a doctor to exclude other causes. ...Read more

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What causes chronic anemia? I am female. History of hysterectomy in 2009.

What causes chronic anemia? I am female. History of hysterectomy in 2009.

Many causes: Lack of production with bone marrow abnormalities breakdown problems due to the spleen or kidney disease. Blood loss bleeding ulcers your doctor may need to run some blood tests to start a workup. ...Read more

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Possible causes of long-term (1O+ mo) lymphocytosis in 25yo female with iron-deficient anemia, but otherwise healthy?

Possible causes of long-term (1O+ mo) lymphocytosis in 25yo female with iron-deficient anemia, but otherwise healthy?

Celiac Disease: One condition that could lead to reactive lymphocytosis (assuming normal flow cytometry) and iron deficient anemia is Celiac Disease. Lymphomas, specifically Hodgkisn can also cause this picture. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more