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Doctor insights on: What Metabolic Disorders Can Cause Iron Deficiency Anemia

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Does whole grain product decrease absorbtion of iron and if yes how it is healthy as it may cause iron deficiency anemia?

Phytates in grains: Whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain antioxidant compounds called "phytates." unlike other animals, we humans have no phytase to degrade these -- & they can bind to minerals like iron instead. If your diet is exclusively grains, iron deficiency could result. If your diet also includes veggies, leafy greens, vit c (increases iron absorption) foods, and meats with heme iron, you're fine.

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I've had iron deficiency anemia for almost a year. I take ferrous sulfate everyday. Can. Getting blood drawn every 2 weeks cause iron deficiency anemia?

I've had iron deficiency anemia for almost a year. I take ferrous sulfate everyday. Can. Getting blood drawn every 2 weeks cause iron deficiency anemia?

Yes, but depends: It takes a few months to recover the loss of blood from a blood draw. If you get frequent blood draws of sufficient volume, you could get anemic. Most of the time the amount of blood taken for routine blood tests is small enough that anemia is unlikely.

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Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts? I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts? I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Rare: Usual cases of iron deficiency anemia are caused by blood loss from some source, whether stool, menses, inadequate intake, heel strike hemolysis, etc. Rarely is cataract formation caused by iron deficiency. The latter has been discovered in a genetic disorder hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome (hhcs) presenting with iron deficiency anemia. You should see your md for an evaluation.

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Can hemorrhoids be a cause of extreme iron deficiency anemia?

Can hemorrhoids be a cause of extreme iron deficiency anemia?

Yes, but so: Can colon cancer. It depends on amount of bleeding, but hemorrhoids generally do not cause anemia. Get it checked out.

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Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Depends on the cause: Usually not. However, it will depend on the cause of course. Having an iron deficiency anemia will not cause you to have other deficiency. However, if the reason why you have iron deficiency anemia is due to gastric by pass surgery or gastric removal surgery or autoimmune gastritis for instance- then you can have both iron deficiency as well as vit B12 deficiency- because of absorption problems.

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What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate.

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What can I do to control the generalized itching I have possibly caused by iron deficiency anemia?

Antihistamines: If you have been given the diagnosis one could start by taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg every 6 hours. It may also be beneficial to take Zantac 150 mg daily. This is a drug for reflux and ulcers that is actually a histamine blocker. If this doesn't work confer with your physician for other options. Good luck.

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Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Absolutely: Severe anemia from any cause can throw you into congestive heart failure and then pneumonia. Iron deficiency has many causes, including fad / politically correct diets, but also bleeding from some source that will need to be discovered. And being anemic is miserable in itself, preventing you from working and playing to capacity.

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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.

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Bloodwork done to determine cause of iron deficiency anemia, Lactate dehydrogenase level was 122 (ref 140-271). What causes low LDH?

Not abnormal: Even though lower than the lower end of the reference range, your LDH levels in not abnormal. Muscles are a contributor to LDH and women in general have a lower muscle mass. Do not be concerned about it. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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My son is 3 year old and has severe hypoproteinemia and severe iron deficiency anemia for 1 year. Can eosinophillic esophagitis caused that?

My son is 3 year old and has severe hypoproteinemia and severe iron deficiency anemia for 1 year. Can eosinophillic esophagitis caused that?

No: Cold (viral illness) very common in this age group. But iron deficiency anemia and hypoproteinemia are not. What is the reason for above two? And the main symptom of eosinophilic esophagitis----- gerd, and uncontrolled asthma. Does he have those two symptoms? You need a pediatrician and pulmonologist to satisfy your concerns.

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Does iron deficiency anemia causes fever? In infants? He has a high WBC count but not so significant.

Fe deficiency....: Does not cause fever. Your child may have acquired an infection, which would fall under the heading of true, true, and unrelated. If you re worried about your child's status, you should contact you doctor, tell them what's happening and then listen to their advice. Good luck!

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TSH 1.09 / FT3 2.74pG / FT4 0.81nG / TPO-Ab 59.3 IU. Am I hypo? Could untreated mild iron deficiency anemia with hypochromatosis have caused these?

TSH 1.09 / FT3 2.74pG / FT4 0.81nG / TPO-Ab 59.3 IU. Am I hypo? Could untreated mild iron deficiency anemia with hypochromatosis have caused these?

Perhaps, no: You have Thyroiditis. Your FT3 and FT4 are at the low end of the normal range and suboptimal. Whether officially hypothyroid or not, those with thyroiditis generally benefit from taking Levothyoxine and Liothyroinine (also check thyroglobulin Ab's- if negative consider Armour or Naturethroid. Anemia prob. Unrelated. See http://tinyurl. Com/nrww2qg and http://www. Holtorfmed. Com/hashimotos-disease/

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Can iron deficiency/anemia cause depression and teariness? I was anemic a few months ago and am v. exhausted again but also depression has got worse..

Can iron deficiency/anemia cause depression and teariness? I was anemic a few months ago and am v. exhausted again but also depression has got worse..

No. It doesn't.: It can make you feel exhausted and depression can make you feel the same way. Both conditions need to be treated separately. Hope this helps.

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I have dry, red, itchy skin & am concerned about lupus, thanks to an unfortunate Google search. Can iron deficiency/anemia cause skin problems & itch?

I have dry, red, itchy skin & am concerned about lupus, thanks to an unfortunate Google search. Can iron deficiency/anemia cause skin problems & itch?

You may be onto: Something as the most common cause of itching can be iron deficiency anemia. However, without more info, this is only speculative. We need your medical, family, social, sexual, surgical, meds/supplement histories to put all the pieces together. Do see your doctor and discuss this. A simple lab test can help!

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Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

Yes, absolutely: Iron deficiency anemia can result from chronic blood loss in the body. The source must be found and treated. It can be an occult tumor in the colon, or excessive menstrual bleeding too. Poor diet or absorption can be responsible too. Other possible sources as well.

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