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Doctor insights on: Eating Ice Cubes Iron Deficiency

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How can eating ice can cause iron deficiency?

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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Dr. Al Hegab
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I eat ice a lot.Doctor said that i have low red blood counts. Can i just keep on eating ice but take supplement for iron deficiency? Would that works?

I eat ice a lot.Doctor said that i have low red blood counts. Can i just keep on eating ice but take supplement for iron deficiency? Would that works?

Enjoy your ice: People who are iron-deficient tend to like to eat ice. I was skeptical until I discovered myself developing a sudden fondness for ice-eating, checked my labs and found that over-zealous blood bank deposits had depleted me. You need to take your iron supplements and you need to find out why you're iron deficient. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I eat ice a lot. Could that be a sign of iron deficiency? I don't crave ice but I could eat ice all the time.

I eat ice a lot. Could that be a sign of iron deficiency? I don't crave ice but I could eat ice all the time.

Maybe: Ice or starch or clay eating are often seen in people with iron deficiency--this condition is referred to as "pica" and should be evaluated with a blood test to check for iron and evidence of anemia. Are you on any vitamin with iron? Good luck. ...Read more

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I love to chew on ice, in fact I eat it like it's going out of business (lol) does this mean I have an iron deficiency?

Quite possibly: Yes, that is one of the signs called pica and being anemic is common in menstruating women. Also in vegetarians. Please see your doctor for a blood test to find out. ...Read more

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Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. ...Read more

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Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

I am not sure: We know exactly. It is known as pica. The ice is common in the north. In the south some people eat clay soil and or corn starch. ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency is it bad that I eat ice a lot? It makes the top of my mouth sore but I can't help it!

Take supplement: If suffering of iron deficiency and it has been checked lately make sure you are taking iron supplement. Craving ice is a sign of low iron stores in your body so as soon as iron is being replaced these symptoms should get better. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency lead to serious anemias, even in the meat-eating u.S.?

Can iron deficiency lead to serious anemias, even in the meat-eating u.S.?

Yes: Iron deficiency anemia is still a common cause of anemia in the United States. It can be due to lack of iron in the diet, loss of blood or a combination of these factors. ...Read more

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Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Absolutely: Severe anemia from any cause can throw you into congestive heart failure and then pneumonia. Iron deficiency has many causes, including fad / politically correct diets, but also bleeding from some source that will need to be discovered. And being anemic is miserable in itself, preventing you from working and playing to capacity. ...Read more

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