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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Iron Deficiency

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What are effective treatments for suspected iron deficiency?

What are effective treatments for suspected iron deficiency?

Iron supplements: Anemia should have a confirmed cause, so "suspected" is not good enough. A low serum iron level associated with heavy periods may be the cause, but there are also other causes of anemia and your doctor can confirm the cause. Dietary sources of iron are excellent (more red meat) but iron supplements available over the counter may also help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for iron deficiency anemia?

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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Please what's the difference between pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency.my iron levels are perfect.I'm getting injections for vitamin b12.

Please what's the difference between pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency.my iron levels are perfect.I'm getting injections for vitamin b12.

Intrinsic factor: Vitamin B12 is present in meat and animal protein foods. Absorption of B12 occurs in the intestine (ileum) and requires intrinsic factor (IF), made by stomach cells. In pernicious anemia, IF production is deficient, and results in anemia, a reduction in hemoglobin/hematocrit. One can be vitamin B12 deficient without becoming anemic and/or without having deficient IF. Best wishes:) ...Read more

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Which is better for chronic anemia 1) ferrous gloconate 2) ferrous fumarate As a supplements for iron deficiency?

Determine the cause: Chronic anemia does not equate to iron deficiency anemia. If you have been found to have iron deficiency anemia, however, there is no real superior supplement. They can be tolerated differently in different people. The most important thing is that you find one that does not bother your stomach, so that you can take it as recommended. ...Read more

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Remedy for calcium deficiency.

Remedy for calcium deficiency.

Clarify?: Serum calcium may be low for any of several reasons; i'm assuming normal albumin. Hypoparathyroidism and its kin are uncommon but lower the level despite plenty of calcium on board. Vegetarians may and people on other restricted diets may become calcium deficient, and some folks may not be able to absorb it. The physician who diagnosed it can tell you more. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there supplements for megaloblastic anemia?

Are there supplements for megaloblastic anemia?

Cause can be treated: The cause of megaloblastic anemia has to be determined. If it is due to vitamin B12 or Folic Acid deficiency, supplements can help. Many people with B12 deficiency cannot absorb B12 orally and may need to have it injected. ...Read more

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Help docs, is iron anemia deficency a chronic illness?

Help docs, is iron anemia deficency a chronic illness?

Yes: Why do you ask? It's also often caused by something even more serious -- stomach cancer, colon cancer, hookworm, and malabsorption are only a few of the chronic illnesses that may present as iron deficiency. ...Read more

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How are anemia and iron deficiency different?

Anemia: Anemia refers to low red blood cells. It can be caused by iron deficiency, but there are many other causes of anemia as well. Iron deficiency means there is not enough iron in the body. This is a common cause of anemia. ...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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Are transfusions for blood loss and iron deficiency anemia the same?

Are transfusions for blood loss and iron deficiency anemia the same?

Transfusion/infusion: Blood ( pack red blood cells) transfusion is usually given in the setting of significant anemia due to blood loss. Intravenous iron infusion is given to treat iron deficiency anemia. However both blood transfusion and iron infusion can be given in anemia due to blood loss and iron deficiency anemia- decision will depend on how severe the anemia/symptoms & how quickly you want to treat the anemia. ...Read more

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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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What is a recommended diet for someone with hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism, pernicious anemia, and a vitamin d2 deficiency?

What is a recommended diet for someone with hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism, pernicious anemia, and a vitamin d2 deficiency?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit) nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...Read more

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What is the best diet for people with iron deficiency anemia?

What is the best diet for people with iron deficiency anemia?

Healthy: 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. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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Iron saturation= 10 %. All else normal, no anemia. On supplements for vit B deficiency. Do I need iron supplements to help with fatigue and rls ?

Anemia: Transferrin saturation of less than 20% indicates iron deficiency. 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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What iron levels are considered "suspicious" for iron overload/hemochromatosis?

What iron levels are considered "suspicious" for iron overload/hemochromatosis?

Transferrin sat: Your best screen is transferrin saturation. Many of us think that the current recommendation of 45% or more for women, 50% of more for men miss too many people. If you actually have evidence of liver troubles (elevated SGOT / SGPT, for example), think about getting a serum ferritin. With a family history, get the gene testing to know early. ...Read more

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What vitamins can you recommend for an iron deficiency anemia?

Iron Pills: Iron pills (ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate and ferrous fumarate) are great for iron deficiency anaemia. They are otc too, so you can have your pharmacist make a recommendation. ...Read more

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Which natural remedies work best for pernicious anemia?

"B12" is: Poorly absorbed in pernicious anemia, and is perfectly "natural" as it is a vitamin. The problem is it may not be taken up by the body, so other interventions are needed. ...Read more

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