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What're the symptoms for mediterranean anemia?

What're the symptoms for mediterranean anemia?

Depends on severity.: Mediterranean anemia, or thalassemia is an inherited anemia. Depending on what is inherited, and if from one or both parents, it can be a mild anemia with no symptoms, and moderate anemia with a tendency towards fatigue and poor stamina, or a severe anemia that is life threatening without regular transfusions or bone marrow transplant. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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What is a type of anemia that is inherited by african- american, mediterranean, and southeast Asian people?

What is a type of anemia that is inherited by african- american, mediterranean, and southeast Asian people?

There are many....: These ethnic groups occupy the thalassemia belt, which is a geographic area that overlaps with areas endemic for malarial pathogens such as plasmodium falciparum and plasmodium vivax. Thalassemia and a host of hemoglobinopathies are thought to confer resistance to malaria. The downside to these protective mechanisms is that some willl inherit combinations that are pathologic. ...Read more

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I've just been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. I'm in process the of cutting gluten from my diet - when will symptoms (pain/anemia/etc) disappear?

I've just been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. I'm in process the of cutting gluten from my diet - when will symptoms (pain/anemia/etc) disappear?

Takes time: The disease involve antibodies triggered as a fluke by gluten that attack your intestinal tissues as if it were an invading germ. Stop ingesting gluten & antibodies quit forming & those you have can gradually disappear. You can heal as the intestine restores itself. Be vigilant in reading product labels. Gluten is in many things. Beer, whiskey, soy sauce & many other items contain trace amounts. ...Read more

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Could my daughter have anemia and a bad diet?

Could my daughter have anemia and a bad diet?

Yes, but: Your question is vague. Anyone could have both these issues. If you have a specific question, it is better is you provide background information so a more realistic picture of the problem is available for comment. ...Read more

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Could you provide me with anemia daily diet plan?

Could you provide me with anemia daily diet plan?

No, we can't: Please forgive my frankness. Unless we know the cause of your anemia (there are hundreds), we can't address appropriate treatment. Anyone pretending to do so is doing you a disservice. And if you are iron deficient, the key is to identify the cause. Are you losing blood from a hidden cancer? "Healthy" diets promoted on the internet can make you anemic. Insist your physician explain your anemia. ...Read more

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What do I do if my daughter have anemia and a bad diet? Please, need some answers?

What do I do if my daughter have anemia and a bad diet? Please, need some answers?

Anemia: First find out why anemic. If she doesn't have enough iron in her diet and that is the cause, she can take a supplemental iron pill as prescribed by her doctor. But first and foremost, find out WHY she is anemic. It might involve a good history of her diet and what she is eating or there may be another cause. Have her doctor investigate this. ...Read more

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How can I eat better for hematopoiesis? I suffer from anemia. Is there a diet that could help improve overall hematopoiesis?

How can I eat better for hematopoiesis? I suffer from anemia. Is there a diet that could help improve overall hematopoiesis?

Greens: Leafy green vegetables, including spinach, contain a lot of elemental iron, and are good for anemic patients to consume to make more red blood cells.

As a side effect, popeye would always note that it makes him stronger. ...Read more

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I had unexplained anemia in 2009, I understand this is unusual for a male, they put it down to my diet, can that simply be the reason? I'm worried stil

I had unexplained anemia in 2009, I understand this is unusual for a male, they put it down to my diet, can that simply be the reason? I'm worried stil

It's possible: When a man over age 50 develops iron-deficiency anemia, doctors are trained to think about colon cancer, which can cause silent blood loss. But if your anemia went away with a change in your diet, it was probably due to your diet! Lack of folate (folic acid) from leafy green vegetables, or lack of vit b12, can also cause anemia. Follow-up with your doc to make sure your anemia has resolved. ...Read more

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Husband has gout and pernicious anemia. What kind of diet should he be on and what sort of care should he be given?

Husband has gout and pernicious anemia. What kind of diet should he be on and what sort of care should he be given?

Gout diet: B12 injections ongoing. Take in tart cherry juice +tart cherries, 10/day. Add Lemon extract 2 tblspns/day. Avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, salmon, and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz/day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 L /day. Multivit ...Read more

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I have a disease of chronic anemia of redblood cells deficiency & size disorders- please ehat is the best diet & food for me?

I have a disease of chronic anemia of redblood cells deficiency & size disorders- please ehat is the best diet & food for me?

Diet for anemia: Good question - you want balanced diet that contains iron, vitamin B complex, folic acid, and healthy fats. Iron is found in red meat. B vitamins are found in fruits and vegetables. Folic acid is found in fruits and vegetables and grains. ...Read more

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What foods should I add to my diet to help cope with anemia?

What foods should I add to my diet to help cope with anemia?

Vit C: Vitamin c helps the body absorb non heme iron, which is the iron in plants. Eating organic green leafy vegetables, and vegetables such as red cabbage, should help. ...Read more

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Which foods are the best for a high fiber diet & anemia?

Which foods are the best for a high fiber diet & anemia?

Fruits/vegetable: In general all fruils and vegetables have fiber. Egg/meat/ fish donot. Prune/dates/mango/pineapple are good on fiber. Plantain has iron and fiber (green banana). Depending on the type of anemia more specific fruits and veges can be picked up. Can see a dietitian or talk to pmd. ...Read more

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What are the best foods to eat for a high fiber diet & anemia?

What are the best foods to eat for a high fiber diet & anemia?

Normal diet.: Fiber is not needed to prevent anemia. Most anemias are caused by iron deficiency, especially in young women. Iron rich foods are red meat, dark green leafy vegetables, raisins and liver. The other nturients needed are B12 (mainly animal products) and Folic Acid (vegetables, fruits, nuts, fortified cereals and grains). ...Read more

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What could be the reason for not gaining weight despite good diet anemia celiac disease?

What could be the reason for not gaining weight despite good diet anemia celiac disease?

Malabsorption: If your celiac disease is not fully under control you are not likely to gain weight. Presence of anemia and lack of weight gain both suggest that the disease is not under control. Please consult your doctor about your diet. ...Read more

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Hi. I swim 2 per week and gym 4/w. Since lastyear I have had anemia in 3 tests. Improves with diet and iron pills, but return. Anemia related to sport?

Anemia: Would check for food intolerences especially gluten. You can have anemia with gluten intolerence without having celiac disease. Would also check B12, methylmalonic acid for pernicious anemia.Rarely in extremes of weather, temperature individuals who are sickle cell trait carriers, thalassemia or are G6PD deficient will react to high exercise so check for that. ...Read more

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Hi. Would people with anemia and thalassemia experience more fatigue during diets that people without it? For example a ketogenic diet?

Hi. Would people with anemia and thalassemia experience more fatigue during diets that people without it? For example a ketogenic diet?

Address issues: If you have thalassemia minor and a very mild anemia as a result, it is a non-problem unless you marry someone else with it. If you have a second cause of significant anemia, it needs to be addressed. Unless the ketogenic diet is prescribed for epilepsy, please reconsider. These fad diets are likely to make you feel unwell and are less effective than developing a fitness habit. ...Read more

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I'm 18yrs old suffering with anemia, I rarely eat and tend to avoid big meals. Can you suggest a healthy diet plan for me of what I should be eating?

I'm 18yrs old suffering with anemia, I rarely eat and tend to avoid big meals. Can you suggest a healthy diet plan for me of what I should be eating?

Anemai in an 18 yr o: If you anemia is recently then you need to eat lean red meats or dark chicken meat, your doctor should check the reason for anemia and may need to check your stool, if female your menstrual periods, and if long term it may be familial. Also avoid excess milk since this can inhibit iron absorption. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for people with iron deficiency anemia?

Healthy: Sources of iron - egg yolks, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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What is iron deficiency anemia and can I correct it by changing my diet?

Too little iron: When your body doesn't have enough iron, you have iron deficiency anemia. Sources of iron - egg yolks, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. ...Read more

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On diet since 2 weeks, felt lightheaded when I stand up, periods ended yesterday? What to do? Also have anemia, drinking less water too.

On diet since 2 weeks, felt lightheaded when I stand up, periods ended yesterday? What to do? Also have anemia, drinking less water too.

Dehydrated?: You sound like you're dehydrated. Drink plenty of water - up to 2.5L per day. If symptoms persist, or worsen, see your primary doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I've been on a diet for 7 months and my hemoglobin was 14.7 (smoker). Is it possible to develop mild anemia due to iron or B12 deficiency in 7 months?

I've been on a diet for 7 months and my hemoglobin was 14.7 (smoker). Is it possible to develop mild anemia due to iron or B12 deficiency in 7 months?

Yes: Average lifespan of red blood cell is 90d so any nutritional deficiency affecting rbc size should show up after 7 months. ...Read more

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What could cause both chronic iron defient anemia and chron hypoglycemia in an 11 yr old boy? No blood loss. Good and balanced diet. No diabetes.

What could cause both chronic iron defient anemia and chron hypoglycemia in an 11 yr old boy? No blood loss. Good and balanced diet. No diabetes.

Nutrition: Has hypoglycemia been confirmed in a lab? Symptoms are non-specific and may be associated with other things which can also cause vasovagal reactions. Iron deficiency is most often nutritional in nature and responds well to iron supplementation. His primary doctor should be able to treat it. ...Read more

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I'm feeling faint and have some symptoms of anemia I work out fequently my diet is not great and I drink alcohol everyday. Could these be a factor

I'm feeling faint and have some symptoms of anemia I work out fequently my diet is not great and I drink alcohol everyday. Could these be a factor

Alcohol and anemia: Drinking alcohol everyday could irritate your stomach and lead to small amount of blood loss without you being aware. Have your doctor check out your iron count and complete blood count to see if you are iron deficient. Consider decreasing the alcohol intake. ...Read more

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What can cause anemia? Do sport almost everyday. In a blood test had low iron just had another test to confirm it. Eat varied diet inc carbs meat&veg

Find the cause: Low serum iron, correct? It may be something as simple as heavy periods, or you may be losing blood from an ulcer or tumor. Your physician has a duty to you to figure out what's going on; many young women can't meet a woman's extra need for iron just with meat-eating though this is your easiest source for iron. ...Read more

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I have body aches/tired everyday. Am I anemic? My diet is mostly fruit and veggies with eggs rarely. I'm Vegan. Could it be anemia or serious Ebola.

I have body aches/tired everyday. Am I anemic? My diet is mostly fruit and veggies with eggs rarely. I'm Vegan. Could it be anemia or serious Ebola.

No Ebola: You do not have Ebola. It is not feasible to say if you are anemic. Given your periodic blood loss and lack of iron and B12 in your diet, you may well be anemic. It would be prudent to see your doctor. In the mean time take oral iron supplement and a multivitamin with B12. ...Read more

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What is a recommended diet for someone with hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism, pernicious anemia, and a vitamin d2 deficiency?

What is a recommended diet for someone with hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism, pernicious anemia, and a vitamin d2 deficiency?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit)
nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more