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What is iron deficiency anemia and can I correct it by changing my diet?

What is iron deficiency anemia and can I correct it by changing my diet?

Too little iron: When your body doesn't have enough iron, you have iron deficiency anemia. 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...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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How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

Severity and cause: Will depend on how severe it is and whether you are pregnant or not. If you only have mild deficiency-you probably don't have any symptom. If severe enough, tired, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath can be the symptoms. In pregnancy iron is very important for the fetus. It is crucial to know what is the cause. Bleeding? Malabsorption, cancer? Etc- this needs to be found out. ...Read more

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Why is iron deficiency anemia different from the other types of anemia?

Why is iron deficiency anemia different from the other types of anemia?

Iron deficiency: There are many types of anemia caused by many types of disorders. Red blood cells require iron in order to develop properly. Without iron, we do not produce adequate numbers of cells which results in anemia. Iron deficiency needs to be explained always and requires an examination and further testing. Simply replacing iron without an investigation and or examination can result in missed diseases. ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia and this makes me often not eat enough. I have many symptoms that concern me. How do I get my appetite back?

I have iron deficiency anemia and this makes me often not eat enough. I have many symptoms that concern me. How do I get my appetite back?

"Irony": Maybe not eating well is causing the iron deficiency!You are at a perfect age to train yourself into good eating habits.This requires an IRON will! It will take weeks but will be worth it for the rest of your life.You'll know you're there when you pick the right foods without much thought and joyously avoid the junk except on special occasions. Fresh veggies,lean meats,unprocessed foods! Go-4-it ! ...Read more

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Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Decreased Hemoglobin: Red blood cells (rbcs) are essentially little bags carrying lots of hemoglobin (hb). Iron is an important constituent of the hb molecule. Low iron = low hemoglobin = less packing into rbc. Since the RBC is now filled less, a microcytic anemia results. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is iron deficiency anemia?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is iron deficiency anemia?

Lack of iron: Generally speaking, anemia represents a decrease in the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Iron deficiency anemia is a type of anemia caused by insufficient iron available in the body due to various reasons including insufficient intake, impaired absorption, decreased utilization in the bone marrow, chronic blood loss (example: heavy menses). ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia and sometimes in the car I get lightheaded. Normal?

I have iron deficiency anemia and sometimes in the car I get lightheaded. Normal?

You need to be: followed by your doctor. He/she can help you supplement w/iron and diet so you are no longer anemic. The doc can monitor your iron level so you don't raise it too high or have it too low. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

It refers to a low number of red cells in the circulation resulting from a decrease in production in the bone marrow as a result of low amounts of iron available for this purpose. It is the most common type of anemia in the world, commonly due to dietary deficiency, multiple pregnancies, menstrual periods, chronic parasitic infestations, or other causes of chronic bleeding ...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