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Does hypothyroid cause anemia?

Does hypothyroid cause anemia?

It can cause: Or worsen anemia, but it's easy to treat with brand name T4 replacement. Check w/your doctor and get your levels normal and then see about your anemia which may still need treatment but at least has a chance to be normalized. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Does hypothyroidism cause macrocytic anemia in elderly. Can Hb reach 8.5 due to hypothyroidism.

Yes: Hypothyroidism can cause macrocytic anemia. This anemia is due to poor nutrition and/or poor absorption of folate and B12. Thyroid hormones assist in that absorption, so low levels of T3 (liothyronine) and T4 can lead to that anemia. Treatment should not only address the anemia, but also the hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Not usually: Microcytic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, rather than hypothyroidism. If associated with hypothyroidism, anemia is usually macrocytic (often secondary to pernicious anemia). Either way, an anemia deserves a thorough workup with your medical doctor, and treatment of your hypothyroidism. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause iron deficiency anemia?

Can hypothyroidism cause iron deficiency anemia?

Yes it can: Iron deficiency anemia is more common in people with hypothyroidism.Red blood cells production falls and it can not be corrected just by iron sup;ements, and it improves as hypothyroidism is corrected. ...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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If subclinical hypothyroidism and anemia exist in a patient, does this mean the patient has to be treated for the sch? Even if TSH is below 10?

Yes and no: First the anemia would need a thorough workup. And yes sometimes endocrine/thyroid dysfunction could be the cause of the anemia. Treatment may improve the anemia. ...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