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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Overview)

Too few healthy red blood cells due to too little iron in the body.


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How does mild iron deficiency anemia affect hba1c levels?

How does mild iron deficiency anemia affect hba1c levels?

Mild effect: Studies have shown a mild effect of iron deficiency raising HGB a1c levels but it doesn't appear to be clinically significant in known diabetics. In other words we can still be guided by their hga1c levels even in the presence of iron deficiency. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Overview)

Too few healthy red blood cells due to too little iron in the body.


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What are symptoms of iron deficiency anemia in pregnant woman?

What are symptoms of iron deficiency anemia in pregnant woman?

Iron def. anemia: The symptoms in pregnancy for anemia are jsut as in any other conditions but in pregnancy it can affect the fetus as well so you should talk to your ob/gyn md. You will feel tired as in any anemia. Pica is difficult to attribute to iron def. As you normaly could have pica in pregnancy by itself. Ur prenatal vitamin have iron but if you still need additional amounts you need evaluation for it. ...Read more

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Could hematocrit or RBC count, have an impact on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia?

Yes: Hematocrit is the amount of redcells present in a sample of whole blood. Rbc count is the number of red cells in a specific volume of whole blood. In both cases we would expect these numbers to be low if a patient is anemic. The MCV is usually low in iron deficiency as well. Iron studies and ferritin are necessary to confirm the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Depends on the cause: Usually not. However, it will depend on the cause of course .Having an iron deficiency anemia will not cause you to have other deficiency. However, if the reason why you have iron deficiency anemia is due to gastric by pass surgery or gastric removal surgery or autoimmune gastritis for instance- then you can have both iron deficiency as well as vit B12 deficiency- because of absorption problems. ...Read more

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What kind of blood tests for iron deficiency/anemia?

What kind of blood tests for iron deficiency/anemia?

CBC and Ferritin: A CBC would establish a diagnosis of anemia and microcytosis would suggest iron deficiency. The latter can be tested for by measuring blood levels of ferritin, transferrin, and iron binding capacity. The cause of iron deficiency then needs to be investigated and may be due to blood loss, dietatry deficiency, malabsorption etc. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have iron deficiency anemia?

Blood tests: A blood count can suggest iron deficiency. Iron studies can give more definitive information. Iron deficiency can be treated with iron supplementation and dietary changes. But, iron deficiency can be a symptom of a more serious illness. This should be discussed with your medical provider. ...Read more

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How do you treat iron deficiency anemia?

Iron replacement: Best treatment is to replace the deficiency. This can be done with oral iron 325mg taken 3x per day with vitamin c 3x/d. If this is not tolerated then consideration can be given to using intravenous iron. However, IV iron poses greater risks than oral iron replacement- which is preferable. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency anemia become life-threatening if it's not treated immediately?

Not really: Iron deficiency anemia from a poor diet takes a long time to develop. If the anemia is due to bleeding, then of course it can come on quickly and be severe. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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