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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


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Do anemia ( been bleeding constantly 4 3wks) have anything 2 do w/hypoglycemia, just diag with @ hospital?

Do anemia ( been bleeding constantly 4 3wks) have anything 2 do w/hypoglycemia, just diag with @ hospital?

No: In my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of reactive hypoglycemia. The disorder doesn't exist, if you're overweight the symptoms are a natural response to your glucose level returning to normal. A glucose tolerance test (if you've had one) is not and never will be a valid diagnostic test for hypoglycemia. Don't waste your money o GTT or any fad diets of treatments. Lose wt if heavy. ...Read more

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I start to lose consiousness lying down but i don't faint. I have anemia, hypotension, and hypoglycemia. Which one is more likely to cause this?

I start to lose consiousness lying down but i don't faint. I have anemia, hypotension, and hypoglycemia. Which one is more likely to cause this?

Your PCP can help: I hope you have a pcp/ an internist, to take care of your health problems. Each of your listed problems needs to be sorted out and well documented as to its cause and how to control/treat it. I doubt that you have all these unrelated medical issues happening to you all at once. Let him/her explain if they are really and truly present or not. It takes simple testing and physical exam to check you. ...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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Blood test neg. for diabetes, hypoglicemia, anemia or thyroid problems. Healthy EKG. Always lightheaded, dizzy and anxious. Maybe dehydration?

Blood test neg. for diabetes, hypoglicemia, anemia or thyroid problems. Healthy EKG. Always lightheaded, dizzy and anxious. Maybe dehydration?

To differentiate: your dizziness diagnosis it would be useful to know your blood pressure and pulse rate lying, sitting and standing. This could help to determine dehydration from other autonomic dysfunction issues or inner ear problems. Ask a health care professional to evaluate and treat you for these symptoms before you have a pass out spell and hurt yourself. ...Read more

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Any symptoms of anemia?

Any symptoms of anemia?

Fatigue: Fatigue is a common symptom of anemia. It can be harder to exercise and shortness of breath may come from anemia. ...Read more

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How is anemia measured?

Two measurements: The first measurement is hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells). This is reported as grams per 100 ml (g/dl). Values <12 (14 for men) are considered anemic. The second is hematocrit. This indicates the % of volume of blood taken up by red blood cells. Values <36 (42 for men) are considered anemic. Note: different labs might have slightly differing normal ranges. ...Read more

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Can you die from anemia?

Can you die from anemia?

Yes, depending on ..: Severity and intervention. Hematocrits can fall to where o2 delivery is insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder due to severe anemia. Death can occur. If anemia develops slowly, patients can compensate to even very low hematocrits, but then precipitously decompensate. In contrast, rapid development may preclude compensation w/ grave consequences. ...Read more

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What would cause anemia.

Hundreds of causes: It takes me an hour as a medical school lecturer just to basically rattle off the list. Heads up -- if you are iron deficient and eat a reasonable amount of meat (despite the disinformation, vegetables are poor in iron), you're likely losing blood possibly into the gut from serious disease. Don't let them miss it. Any physician can begin the anemia workup. Good luck. ...Read more

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I need advice for anemia?

I need advice for anemia?

Type ; cause: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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