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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Low Blood Count (Definition)

Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...Read more

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Will IV iron infusion therapy harm a pregnant woman's baby? What side effects are there?

Will IV iron infusion therapy harm a pregnant woman's baby? What side effects are there?

No, the opposite: Taking iron while pregnant will not harm the baby. In fact, iron is essential for pregnant women. Women lose on average 500-1000cc of blood during delivery, so it's important for women to build up their iron and their blood count so prevent severe anemia after delivery. But in pregnancy, iron is essential for baby's development. Iv infusion can be essential for those women who need extra. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Wanted to know what are the side effects if any of having a iron transfusion? I was told.I would have to have a iron infusion.

Wanted to know what are the side effects if any of having a iron transfusion? I was told.I would have to have a iron infusion.

Well tolerated: Not too many side effects in general. Just like any other medicaton, allergic reaction can happen in different manifestations- including hives, skin rashes, increase blood pressure, or decrease blood pressure, shortness of breath, back pain. That is why prior to iron infusion-a test dose will be given to make sure no allergic reaction. Otherwise, it is tolerated well by majority people.Don't worry. ...Read more

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Any side effects to iron supplements? I have anemia & am starting 60mg of a slow release tablet of iron tonight. Anything I should know before taking?

Any side effects to iron supplements? I have anemia & am starting 60mg of a slow release tablet of iron tonight. Anything I should know before taking?

Constipation and...: Iron supplements often cause constipation and will turn your stool black. They can also cause stomach upset and occ. Diarrhea and cramping- these tend to lessen over time. But they are usually well-tolerated. Taking vit. C with them improves absorption. The best-absorbed form of iron is actually iron bis-glycinate so you might want to try that form. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Eat complex carbohydrates with protein
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Eat before you feel tired or nauseous
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Have glucose available if blood sugar is too low
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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up
in the morning
Eat small high-protein meals / snacks of 125 cal
every 3 hours
Eat lunch on a regular schedule
daily
Eat an extra snack before exercise (100 cal)
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What are the side effects of anemia?

What are the side effects of anemia?

Many: Feeling tired, exercise intolerance, rapid pulse, high systolic and low diastolic blood pressure, pallor, fatigue, "depression", being called "lazy". The greatest danger is missing a treatable cause, and unless you are very poorly nourished or on a charlatan's diet there's some medical cause for every new anemia. Especially in adults, it's cancer of the stomach or colon until proved otherwise. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more

Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more

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