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My mother(age 40) is suffering from deficiency of iron amd calcium which has joint pain.How can overcome them?

My mother(age 40) is suffering from deficiency of iron amd calcium which has joint pain.How can overcome them?

Supplements: Sometimes you need to supplement her diet with vitamins. The do have specific calcium and iron pills, but consult with her primary physician before starting. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Is iron deficiency a serious problem?

Is iron deficiency a serious problem?

Yes: All red blood cells carry hemoglobin, a chemical that carries oxygen throughout the body. Without oxygen, we die. The hemoblobin is composed of iron and a carrier protein named globulin. So without the iron, the hemoglobin will be low, the cells won't be able to carry oxygen and the body has no energy and starts to lose its function. Also, snce we do not normally lose iron, look for bleeding. ...Read more

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What may cause iron deficiency in the body?

What may cause iron deficiency in the body?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be caused by loss of blood or decreased iron intake. In women it is often related to menstrual bleeding. It requires a workup to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

Blood work if needed: The obvious question is, "why would you have iron deficiency?" this is pretty unusual in 36 year old males. They don't become iron deficient unless their diet contains minimal iron (vegans who don't like vegetables), they have trouble absorbing iron (removal of some of their intestine) or they have ongoing bleeding. If one of these apply, there are blood tests that can measure iron stores. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I have an iron deficiency?

What can I eat if I have an iron deficiency?

Iron?: If you have iron deficiency anemia (ida). I would ask these questions -- 1) what is the cause -- and then fix it if possible - eg stomach ulcers, colon cancer, etc. 2) how severe is the ida (by hgb, ferritin, etc). Then if the gut is working can try oral iron. If not can use IV iron. Iron supplements are relatively cheap and measurable vs. Foods. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for iron deficiency?

Irondeficient anemia: Iron deficiency anemia is the medical term, meaning your body doesn't have enough iron. Iron is important because red cells need iron to make hemoglobin: needed to for oxygen exchange. If you are deficient in iron, commonly caused by bleeding, poor intake, low absorption or marrow defect,then your red cells become small, pale,& ineffective and you may feel weak,sluggish, pale& short of breath. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of iron deficiency?

Several: Fatigue. A common symptom is the craving of ice. This is called Pica. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, feeling cold, dizziness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What types of people are at risk for iron deficiency?

What types of people are at risk for iron deficiency?

Various: Many things can cause iron deficiency & most fall into 2 main categories--blood loss & decreased iron intake. Ex's of the former include GI (intestine) bleeding & women's menstrual cycles (though many women are not iron deficient). Ex's of the latter include poor diet & impaired absorption. A healthy diet & limiting causes of GI bleeding (alcohol, nsaids like ibuprofen, naproxen) can help prevent. ...Read more

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How do I know if im showing signs of iron deficiency?

How do I know if im showing signs of iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency causes anemia, fatigue, weak or malformed nails, and pica. Pica is when you crave strange non-food items. Typically, affected individuals munch ice but i've had patients eat wallboard, chalk, dirt, starch, and mattress stuffing. You need to see a doctor and get a cbc, iron, tibc, and ferritin. You may also need tests to rule out serious conditions such as ulcers and cancer. ...Read more

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What's the connection between pagophagia and iron deficiency?

What's the connection between pagophagia and iron deficiency?

Pagophagia is common: You can have pagophagia(pica to eat ice) as a symptom of iron defiency anemia. ...Read more

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What can cause anaemia/iron deficiency?

What can cause anaemia/iron deficiency?

Lack of iron: Iron loss through bleeding, or iron deficiency through poor nutrition or poor absorption may lead to iron deficiency anemia. The diagnosis is relatively simple to make and the treatment is inexpensive and effective. In spite of this, it is the most common form of qnemia in the us. See your doctor if you suspect you have anemia. ...Read more

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Can Iron deficiency give you migraines?

Yes: Mild iron deficiency does not, but severe forms can cause many symptoms including headache. Correcting this will alleviate this and other symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, irritability,dizziness, ice craving, and trouble concentrating ...Read more

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Can hairloss result from iron deficiency?

Can hairloss result from iron deficiency?

Debatable: I believe I have seen it in my practice, but evidently dermatologists do not agree on whether low iron causes hair loss: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/20888064. ...Read more

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Describe the features of iron deficiency in a baby.?

Describe the features of iron deficiency in a baby.?

Variable Sx: Babies are born with a pool of iron in their body & hemaglobin that they begin growing out of as the double/triple their weight.Deficiency leads to gradual drop in blood oxygen carrying capacity and associated decreased aleartness, activity and growth. Subtile drop in infant development (iq) has been noted with small deficiencies.Greater deficiencies can place baby in heart falure from anemia. ...Read more

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What kind of irritablility do you get from an iron deficiency?

What kind of irritablility do you get from an iron deficiency?

CNS and muscle: Muscles tend to cramp when iron deficiency. Central nervous system irritability can occur. Iron deficient children may have difficulty in learning! ...Read more

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What is the association between pagophagia and iron deficiency?

Dirt substitute?: It's been suggested that we're genetically wired to crave gritty or crunchy substances when we have iron deficiency because dirt and clay contain iron. (ice does not, but may satisfy this instinctive craving anyway.) however, this folk wisdom is controversial, and others have suggested that chewing ice simply relieves the tongue discomfort that can occur with iron deficiency. ...Read more

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