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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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I have iron deficiency anemia, got infusions, raised ferritin levels, but it recently dropped from 140 to 36 again. I eat plenty of iron, celiac neg.

 I have iron deficiency anemia, got infusions, raised ferritin levels, but it recently dropped from 140 to 36 again. I eat plenty of iron, celiac neg.

Menstrual flow: If you have prolonged or excessive menstrual flow, you may discuss with your OB re. BCP to reduce the frequency of your menses. Iron in vegetable, no matter how high the content, may not be absorbed and thus if you were a vegan, you may need to take iron supplement. If you were older, I would consider GI cancer. ...Read more

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Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?

Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia.  Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?

Anemia: Elevated plata,eats may be due to recent bleeding from your period . Starting iron supplement is a good idea in a young person to compensate for blood loss due to heavy menstrual loss . ...Read more

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Is iron deficiency anemia common in women w/Hx G0 P0? Is Hb 10.6, iron total 23, ferritin 4L severe? Hx of moderate but lighter periods in last 8mnths

Is iron deficiency anemia common in women w/Hx G0 P0? Is Hb 10.6, iron total 23, ferritin 4L severe? Hx of moderate but lighter periods in last 8mnths

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is common in menstruating women. Your lab result are consistent with iron deficiency anemia. Take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Take iron pills with food. If constipation becomes an issue, use a fiber laxative like Metamucil. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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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How to cure iron deficiency anemia!

Multiple Ways: Stop ongoing losses: help heavy menstrual bleeding, fix ulcers, cure leukemia. Build iron supplies: red meat, egg yolk. Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops) turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver artichokes, black strap molasses iron-enriched cereals and grains dried fruit (prunes, raisins iron absorption enhansed by taking with vitamin c rich drink: orange juice. ...Read more

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How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

Severity and cause: Will depend on how severe it is and whether you are pregnant or not. If you only have mild deficiency-you probably don't have any symptom. If severe enough, tired, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath can be the symptoms. In pregnancy iron is very important for the fetus. It is crucial to know what is the cause. Bleeding? Malabsorption, cancer? Etc- this needs to be found out. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Ferritin (Definition)

Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...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