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What types of people are at risk for iron deficiency?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Various

Many things can cause iron deficiency & most fall into 2 main categories--blood loss & decreased iron intake.
Ex's of the former include GI (intestine) bleeding & women's menstrual cycles (though many women are not iron deficient). Ex's of the latter include poor diet & impaired absorption. A healthy diet & limiting causes of GI bleeding (alcohol, nsaids like ibuprofen, naproxen) can help prevent.

In brief: Various

Many things can cause iron deficiency & most fall into 2 main categories--blood loss & decreased iron intake.
Ex's of the former include GI (intestine) bleeding & women's menstrual cycles (though many women are not iron deficient). Ex's of the latter include poor diet & impaired absorption. A healthy diet & limiting causes of GI bleeding (alcohol, nsaids like ibuprofen, naproxen) can help prevent.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Dr. Christopher Dowd
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Lots of folks

Non-meat-eaters who don't supplement are at significant risk.
Women having periods or who are / have been pregnant have much greater need. Heavy blood donors -- I got myself iron-deficient overdoing it in residency. Anybody can have a stomach ulcer, a stomach cancer, a colon cancer, or bleeding GERD -- Hookworm's still around too. There's others.

In brief: Lots of folks

Non-meat-eaters who don't supplement are at significant risk.
Women having periods or who are / have been pregnant have much greater need. Heavy blood donors -- I got myself iron-deficient overdoing it in residency. Anybody can have a stomach ulcer, a stomach cancer, a colon cancer, or bleeding GERD -- Hookworm's still around too. There's others.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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