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Doctor insights on: What Is Non Iron Difficency Anemia

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Can you tell me if you have a deficiency that makes you tired ( like iron but not really anemia) can it stop you from growing ?

Can you tell me if you have a deficiency that makes you tired ( like iron but not really anemia) can it stop you from growing ?

Need Details: Our bodies require energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. A deficiency can have consequences that are specific for what is missing. Low iron stores without anemia probably doesn't make you tired or prevent growth. For most of us, a healthy diet provides what we need. If you have health problems, you may be at risk for certain deficiencies. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

Many: There are many causes for anemia (RBC), just list a few: 1) decreased production due to not enough nutrition, B12/folate/iron def, or bone marrow diseases or bone marrow suppression from drugs/radiations or due to chronic kidney disease (not enough epoietin); 2) increased destruction: intravascular or extravascular hemolysis; 3) blood loss or chronic disease/cancer or some congenital diseases. ...Read more

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How are anemia and iron deficiency different?

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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Who is at risk of developing iron deficiency of anemia?

Iron and anemia: The risk is low in this country if you have good nutrition and are not bleeding on a regular basis. I would be very curious as to what prompted a young female to ask this question. ...Read more

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Do drs know for sure if anemia is caused by iron deficiency?

Do drs know for sure if anemia is caused by iron deficiency?

There are many .....: Causes of anemia, both constitutional and acquired. Fe deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in the us and making that diagnosis is relatively straight forward. However, fe deficiency anemia is not a diagnosis, in and of itself, but rather is a finding with an underlying cause that must be identified. Correcting the fe deficiency without correcting its source will only lead to recurrence. ...Read more

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Are there other things that cause anemia besides iron-deficiency?

Chronic diseases: Such as sickle cell, thalassemia, , GI bleed, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, renal disease can also cause anemia. Prenicious anemia (due to autoimmune destruction of special stomach cells), folate (folic acid) and B12 deficiencies are other causes. Talk with your docotr if special testing is required to determine etiology of anemia and if colonoscopy is required. ...Read more

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What are the complications with untreated, iron deficiency or anemia?

What are the complications with untreated, iron deficiency or anemia?

Anemia: you can end up with severe anemia which will require possibly blood transfusions. severe anemia, can lead to cardiac arrhytmias, heart attacks, loss of consciousness, weakness, etc. ...Read more

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I found out that I have anemia (iron deficiency kind). How quickly will i be able to get enough iron back into my system?

Depends: There are many different ways to get iron. Dietary iron will help but is probably the slowest method. Oral iron supplements can vary in their absorption but do work for most people. Also for those who dont respond to oral iron or need their iron improved in a hurry there are injectable and IV iron preparations which can be give. Ask your doctor which is right for you. ...Read more

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Could having a cold cause anemia / iron deficiency to get worse?

Could having a cold cause anemia / iron deficiency to get worse?

Yes it can: Having a virus can suppress the bone marrow, making an anemia worse, no matter what the cause. The virus basically interferes with the body's ability to produce new red blood cells. It will not make the iron deficiency worse, but it will make the anemia worse (and the symptoms from being anemic). ...Read more

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Iron deficiency anemia?

Fe deficiency anemia: Occurs when fe intake is not adequate to meet the needs of the body for red cell production.. Indeed, it is not a diagnosis unto itself, but rather an indication of another problem to be discovered and corrected to avoid recurrence. 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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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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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

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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Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Yes: If iron deficiency is not treated, ultimately this can lead to high output cardiac (heart) failure. When someone is anemic, then their blood volume is low. This leads to increased cardiac output and ultimately the heart can't keep up with the demand. When this occurs, lack of blood flow leads to organ failure. Learning point is to treat it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How do you treat iron deficiency anemia?

Iron replacement: Best treatment is to replace the deficiency. This can be done with oral iron 325mg taken 3x per day with vitamin c 3x/d. If this is not tolerated then consideration can be given to using intravenous iron. However, IV iron poses greater risks than oral iron replacement- which is preferable. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Iron Deficiency Anem: Practically all cases of iron deficiency are due to lack of intake of iron in the diet or loss of iron through bleeding (gi tract or menstruation, for example). There are many diseases, while not common, that can result in iron deficiency anemia as an affect of the underlying disorder and some can be inherited. These would include inherited malabsorption diseases, hemolysis, & hemoglobinurias. ...Read more

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How dangerous can iron deficiency anemia get?

"Dead" serious: Neglecting it can cost your your life -- the heart fails. And neglecting the underlying cause -- which can be a stomach ulcer, cancer, malabsorption, or even an ill-advised diet -- can be a lethal mistake as well. Be smart. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more