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What Is The Association Between Pagophagia And Iron Deficiency
Dirt substitute?: It's been suggested that we're genetically wired to crave gritty or crunchy substances when we have iron deficiency because dirt and clay contain iron. (ice does not, but may satisfy this instinctive craving anyway.) however, this folk wisdom is controversial, and others have suggested that chewing ice simply relieves the tongue discomfort that can occur with iron deficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: All red blood cells carry hemoglobin, a chemical that carries oxygen throughout the body. Without oxygen, we die. The hemoblobin is composed of iron and a carrier protein named globulin. So without the iron, the hemoglobin will be low, the cells won't be able to carry oxygen and the body has no energy and starts to lose its function. Also, snce we do not normally lose iron, look for bleeding. ...Read more
Blood work if needed: The obvious question is, "why would you have iron deficiency?" this is pretty unusual in 36 year old males. They don't become iron deficient unless their diet contains minimal iron (vegans who don't like vegetables), they have trouble absorbing iron (removal of some of their intestine) or they have ongoing bleeding. If one of these apply, there are blood tests that can measure iron stores. ...Read more
Iron?: If you have iron deficiency anemia (ida). I would ask these questions -- 1) what is the cause -- and then fix it if possible - eg stomach ulcers, colon cancer, etc. 2) how severe is the ida (by hgb, ferritin, etc). Then if the gut is working can try oral iron. If not can use IV iron. Iron supplements are relatively cheap and measurable vs. Foods. ...Read more
Irondeficient anemia: Iron deficiency anemia is the medical term, meaning your body doesn't have enough iron. Iron is important because red cells need iron to make hemoglobin: needed to for oxygen exchange. If you are deficient in iron, commonly caused by bleeding, poor intake, low absorption or marrow defect,then your red cells become small, pale,& ineffective and you may feel weak,sluggish, pale& short of breath. ...Read more
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