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Doctor insights on: Pathophysiology Of Iron Deficiency Anaemia

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What makes a case of anaemia 'iron deficiency' anaemia?

What makes a case of anaemia 'iron deficiency' anaemia?

You are low on iron: Iron is a very important mineral the body uses to make new red blood cells. If you are anemic, it means you are short of red blood cells. You either lost them due to bleeding, you are destroying them too fast (like sickle cell), or you can't make new ones fast enough to keep up with your needs. Whatever the reason, you need the iron (ferrous) to make new ones. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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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


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What is the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in menstruating women?

What is the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in menstruating women?

It depends : Although the data is old, according to the usa center for disease control statistics referenced below, it is about 3%. Center for disease control and prevention. Iron deficiency—United States, 1999–2000. Mmwr morb mortal wkly rep. 2002;51(40):899. ...Read more

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What are some common symptoms of anaemia (iron deficiency) in teenage girls?

Anemia: Severe anemia from iron deficiency often has fatigue associated with it. Sometimes feeling light headed as well. Unfortunately (or fortunately) mild anemia frequently has no symptoms. Many teenage girls are mildly iron deficient because they have poor diets and menstruate. Encouraging proper nutrition is always a good idea! ...Read more

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What can cause anaemia/iron deficiency?

What can cause anaemia/iron deficiency?

Lack of iron: Iron loss through bleeding, or iron deficiency through poor nutrition or poor absorption may lead to iron deficiency anemia. The diagnosis is relatively simple to make and the treatment is inexpensive and effective. In spite of this, it is the most common form of qnemia in the us. See your doctor if you suspect you have anemia. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between iron deficiency and anaemia?

Yes: Anemia is a condition where your hemoglobin is below the normal range. It can be caused by many factors- iron deficiency is one of the factors than can cause anemia. One can have iron deficiency and does not have anemia-when the process is still early. However if that iron deficiency is left untreated and ongoing- eventually it can cause anemia. ...Read more

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Which causes iron deficiency anaemia to be different to other types of anaemia?

Types of anemia: There are many causes of anemia. Anemia means a low blood count which can be caused by inadequate production of red blood cells in the bone marrow or excessive loss of blood from different sites in the body. Two of the most common are the uterus and the bowel. Anemia is a sign of a problem which requires diagnosing the cause. Iron deficiency is one such cause. ...Read more

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For what length of time do I have before i put myself at risk of iron deficiency anaemia?

Follow the labwork: The anemia can be tested with labwork and has a range. If you are below the range and are anemic that the deciding factor. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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