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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
287 Doctors shared insights

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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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
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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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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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What is the treatment for iron deficiency anemia?

Iron supplements: iron supplements (either through pills, intravenous or by increasing dietary intake of iron). However reason for iron deficiency anemia should be investigated and treated accordingly ...Read more

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What treatments, drugs, or vitamins would you suggest for iron-deficiency anemia?

Diet, oral iron: First, the dietary intake of iron has to be maximised with green vegetables, red meatsand other iron containing foods. Use of vitamin c can maximise iron absorption and finally supplemental iron as oral pills and occasionally Folic Acid supplements are a big help. ...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 do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

Doctor: 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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What can you do to prevent symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia?

What can you do to prevent symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia?

If the cause: Is heavy menstruation then control of the periods can be helpful. Iron replacement will correct the anemia, but it does take a few months. ...Read more

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Iron deficiency anemia?

Fe deficiency anemia: Occurs when fe intake is not adequate to meet the needs of the body for red cell production. Indeed, it is not a diagnosis unto itself, but rather an indication of another problem to be discovered and corrected to avoid recurrence. Work with your doctor to address the cause of your fe deficiency state, and correct it as well as the fe deficiency state itself. Good luck. ...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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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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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

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