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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

It refers to a low number of red cells in the circulation resulting from a decrease in production in the bone marrow as a result of low amounts of iron available for this purpose. It is the most common type of anemia in the world, commonly due to dietary deficiency, multiple pregnancies, menstrual periods, chronic parasitic infestations, or other causes of chronic bleeding ...Read more


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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Depends on the cause: Usually not. However, it will depend on the cause of course .Having an iron deficiency anemia will not cause you to have other deficiency. However, if the reason why you have iron deficiency anemia is due to gastric by pass surgery or gastric removal surgery or autoimmune gastritis for instance- then you can have both iron deficiency as well as vit B12 deficiency- because of absorption problems. ...Read more

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What can I do to control the generalized itching I have possibly caused by iron deficiency anemia?

Antihistamines: If you have been given the diagnosis one could start by taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg every 6 hours. It may also be beneficial to take Zantac 150 mg daily. This is a drug for reflux and ulcers that is actually a histamine blocker. If this doesn't work confer with your physician for other options. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does whole grain product decrease absorbtion of iron and if yes how it is healthy as it may cause iron deficiency anemia ?

Phytates in grains: Whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain antioxidant compounds called "phytates." unlike other animals, we humans have no phytase to degrade these -- & they can bind to minerals like iron instead. If your diet is exclusively grains, iron deficiency could result. If your diet also includes veggies, leafy greens, vit c (increases iron absorption) foods, and meats with heme iron, you're fine. ...Read more

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Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts? I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts?
I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Rare: Usual cases of iron deficiency anemia are caused by blood loss from some source, whether stool, menses, inadequate intake, heel strike hemolysis, etc. Rarely is cataract formation caused by iron deficiency. The latter has been discovered in a genetic disorder hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome (hhcs) presenting with iron deficiency anemia. You should see your md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids be a cause of extreme iron deficiency anemia?

Can hemorrhoids be a cause of extreme iron deficiency anemia?

Yes, but so: Can colon cancer. It depends on amount of bleeding, but hemorrhoids generally do not cause anemia. Get it checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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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


Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more