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How dangerous can iron deficiency anemia get?

How dangerous can iron deficiency anemia get?

"Dead" serious: Neglecting it can cost your your life -- the heart fails. And neglecting the underlying cause -- which can be a stomach ulcer, cancer, malabsorption, or even an ill-advised diet -- can be a lethal mistake as well. Be smart. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Rothman
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What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

Anemia: Your hemoglobin will go down, and you will end up requiring blood transfusions. Usually there is an underlying problem causing the anemia (most commonly from the intestines or the bone marrow), and this needs to be sorted out. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

I need help! How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

Blood test: check your iron level via blood testing. it is simple and quick. Hemoglobin is usually low as well. ...Read more

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Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. ...Read more

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What is iron deficiency anemia and can I correct it by changing my diet?

What is iron deficiency anemia and can I correct it by changing my diet?

Too little iron: When your body doesn't have enough iron, you have iron deficiency anemia. Sources of iron - egg yolks, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. ...Read more

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What is the difference between iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia?

Matter of degree: When iron intake is inadequate for a prolonged period, iron storage in body is depleted. This is called iron deficient state. When this iron deficient state continues and iron store is further depleted, anemia develops, namely iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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How to feed the child to prevent iron-deficiency anemia?

How to feed the child to prevent iron-deficiency anemia?

Oral iron supplement: You may give the child oral iron supplement. You may look of foods, e.g., cereals, with iron supplement. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is iron deficiency anemia?

Lack of iron: Generally speaking, anemia represents a decrease in the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Iron deficiency anemia is a type of anemia caused by insufficient iron available in the body due to various reasons including insufficient intake, impaired absorption, decreased utilization in the bone marrow, chronic blood loss (example: heavy menses). ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm experiencing B12 deficieny or iron deficiency anemia?

Assuming anemia...: Fe deficiency and B12 deficiency can be distinguished by the size of your red cells. Fe deficiency results in a microcytic hypo chromic anemia, reticulocytopenia and a wide red cell distribution width. B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency (and pernicious anemia--intrinsic factor deficiency) give rise to a megaloblastic anemia. Red cell indices from a cbc. There are many causes of anemia besides these though. ...Read more

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Do I have iron deficiency anemia if pale?

Do I have iron deficiency anemia if pale?

Not necessarily: You can't know that you're anemic without a blood test. Paleness can happen for lots of reasons. If you're anemic, there are many possible causes; again, you can't know the cause without an evaluation be a doctor. 39 is a rather unusual age to develop iron deficiency; if you're concerned i recommend you see a doctor. ...Read more

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How do they test for iron deficiency anemia?

How do they test for iron deficiency anemia?

A simple blood test: The body uses iron to help build blood cells. Iron-deficiency anemia, which is a low blood count caused by being low on iron, is easily detected by a simple blood count, and then confirmed by measuring the iron level. ...Read more

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Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Decreased Hemoglobin: Red blood cells (rbcs) are essentially little bags carrying lots of hemoglobin (hb). Iron is an important constituent of the hb molecule. Low iron = low hemoglobin = less packing into rbc. Since the RBC is now filled less, a microcytic anemia results. ...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 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

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Can total iron binding capacity normal with iron deficiency anemia?

Iron & anemia: When you ask it that way, the answer is 'yes', it can happen, but not commonly. In iron deficiency anemia the TIBC usually goes up, but not uncommonly you may have another kind of anemia at the same time, eg. Anemia of chronic disease, anemia of renal insufficiency, nutritional deficiency, etc. These often send the TIBC lower or have no effect. If would be nice is iron deficiency anemia was pure. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

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