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Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

Not usually: Not generally..Weight gain is mostly caused by too much eating and not enough activity. Edema can cause some water weight gain. I would suggest that you consult your family doc for an exam and possibly some lab work, and a dietician about a good diet and activity schedule. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

No.: Fe deficiency does not cause wt gain. In a young menstruating female iron deficiency is caused by monthly loss of blood. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency make you gain weight?

Can an iron deficiency make you gain weight?

Usually not: I don't think iron deficiency anemia is linked directly to weight gain. Some people with iron deficiency might have cravings like chewing ice or even eating clay/sand. I had a patient who liked to chew on paper ! bit that won't make you gain weight though :). ...Read more

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Does an iron deficiency make it harder to lose weight?

Only minimal effects: Iron deficiency itself has little effect on weight loss, and is easy to correct with iron tablets.If it is severe it can lead to anemia which causes fatigue and weakness which certainly will decrease ability to exercise. Find out why you are iron deficiency (usually heavy periods for young women), if so see a doctor for the periods and get some iron replacement. ...Read more

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How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

Fussy, pale, weak: Young babies often are a bit deficient in iron because they grow so fast, and new growth (new muscle cells, new blood cells, etc...) requires iron. Breastmilk or iron-fortified formula supply needed iron for a baby's growth (a baby can double his weight in the first 5 months). A baby who gets too iron-deficient and quite anemic can be fussy, not eat well, seem pale or weak, and have a rapid pulse. ...Read more

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How can eating ice can cause iron deficiency?

Does not cause: It is stated that people who are iron deficient tend to chew on ice. Chewing on ice does not cause iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help a friend with iron deficiency?

Is there a way to help a friend with iron deficiency?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, 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. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to eat before taking iron deficiency pills?

Depends on effect: Iron is best absorbed on an empty stomach but, if you experience nausea, diarrhea, or cramps after taking iron then it is best to eat a small amount of food approximately 2 hours before taking iron supplements. Avoid consuming high fiber foods, milk, calcium, antacids or caffeine at the same time you take the iron. ...Read more

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