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What Happens When Your Iron Is Low
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any other way to check if your iron is low other than needles? Help. I hate needles and one injected into my arm is not an option. Thanks!
Blood test: Sorry -- but to be sure about your body's iron and other status relating to possible anemia, you do need some blood tests. If severely anemic sometimes your gums and the lines on your palms will be pale. But this does not give the reason for anemia, which is why blood tests are needed. ...Read more
I was told that my iron levels in my body are really low.... If my iron levels keep going down what will happen?
Can cause anemia: Low iron relates mainly to your blood counts and how your bone marrow handles your body's need for hemoglobin. Low iron can be nutritional, because your body breaks down blood cells or because you are losing blood. The last two causes result from your body trying to avoid anemia by using iron to make more blood. Anemia and low iron need some investigation and treatment. Even if n anemia, not normal. ...Read more
You get anemic: People who don't eat enough iron-containing foods, such as women who don't eat red meat, can have low iron and be anemic. The screening tests for iron deficiency are simple blood tests. If an adult has low iron, the doctor will usually check to see if she is losing blood in the stool (as a screening test for colon cancer), as well as look for other reasons for low iron. ...Read more
Iron deficiency: Low iron makes you tired, pale, lightheaded, and short of breath. It can cause "pica" (craving something unusual). The most common symptom is munching ice. Additional symptoms include foggy thinking, poor hair and nail growth, itching, and restless legs. Pregnant women with low iron can have children with lower iq scores than if they had adequate iron stores. ...Read more
Low blood count: Iron is critical for the formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen to your entire body. If you iron stores get too low, not enough is available for this critical function and you will make less efficient red cells termed anemia causing lowered energy, lethargy and increased susceptibility to other kinds of illness. Iron is readily available and cheap over the counter. ...Read more
I was prescribed iron pills but chose to stop, is it bad to have anemia and have low levels of iron? If so, what's the worst that can happen..?
Iron deficiency: Low iron makes you tired, pale, lightheaded, and short of breath. It can cause 'pica' (craving something unusual). The most common symptom is munching ice. Additional symptoms include foggy thinking, poor hair and nail growth, itching, and restless legs. Pregnant women with low iron can have children with lower iq scores than if they had adequate iron stores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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