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I crave ice all the time and eat it all the time. I have heard this is from low iron....True or false?
Sometimes true: Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia. Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia. A primary care doctor can sort things out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Small Intestines: Many menstruating women suffer with iron deficiency anemia. This may occur due to heavier periods, poor iron intake, or both. Pregnant women need extra iron to produce a large amount of blood preparing for delivery. Iron is best absorbed on an empty stomach, and also with vitamin c supplement; acid improves absorption. Sometimes iron is difficult to tolerate, upset stomach or constipation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Range 30-150: Actual normal iron level is between 30-150, or 50-170, depending on the lab, for an average healthy woman. Men tend to have higher average because they don't incur the monthly menstrual loss (i know it is not fair :-)). This is typically not measured unless you are anemic. Usually hemoglobin is measured and normal is 12.1-15.1 for females, tad-bit higher for the guys. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Odd cravings or Pica: Iron deficiency may cause anemia with fatigue, coldness, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, palpitations and shortness of breath. You may also see changes in hair (color,hair loss or thinning), nails (brittleness, lines, grooves), mouth (stomatitis), tongue (glossitis) and stomach (gastric atrophy/abdominal pain). Unusual cravings (Pica) for ice, starch, clay, or other items may also occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was told that my iron levels in my body are really low.... If my iron levels keep going down what will happen?
Can cause anemia: Low iron relates mainly to your blood counts and how your bone marrow handles your body's need for hemoglobin. Low iron can be nutritional, because your body breaks down blood cells or because you are losing blood. The last two causes result from your body trying to avoid anemia by using iron to make more blood. Anemia and low iron need some investigation and treatment. Even if n anemia, not normal. ...Read more
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