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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. Read more...

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

No. This isn't a realistic fear. You're a young man. If you have any reason to believe your are iron deficient, and you are not on an ill-advised iron-poor diet / are not a non-supplementing vegetarian, you need to find the cause -- at your age, it's a bleeding ulcer or worse until proved otherwise. If you're asking because you like whole-grain bread -- good for you. Enjoy. Read more...
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. Read more...

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. Read more...

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

Supplements. If you have already been diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia, then you schold have started taking oral iron supplements. If you are unable to tolerate that, then your doc can give it to you in e intravenous form. You can also replenish your iron storesmwith diet. If you have not been diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia, then visit your doc to botsing a complete physical evaluation. Read more...
Itching. Check iron level, if low and not due to thalassemia would replace iron.Unusual for young males to be iron deficient unless parasites,worms abnormal hemoglobin or other pathology. Other causes of itching could be dry skin ,eczema, psoriasis, liver , gallbladder/bile ,kidney issues,thyroid, hives and rarely lymphoma. Antihistamines,moisturizers may help itching. See a doctor. Read more...
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. Read more...

Why MCHC is low in iron deficiency anemia but normal in pernicious anemia?

MCHC. MCHC=mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration This value is a calculated value of hemoglobin per red cell. In iron deficiency the body has difficulty making enough hemoglobin, and the resultant cells are both small and low on hgb. The defect with PA is not with hgb synthesis but with cell replication and nuclear maturation, so the amount of hgb/cell is unaffected. Read more...

I have pernicious anemia & iron deficiency anemia (severe) of Unknown origin. My hemoglobin has always been stable (low normal) but has dropped twice?

Pernicious anemia , How was your pernicious Anemia diagnosed ? Are you on B12 injections ? are you receiving Folic acid tabs ? If you are not receiving replacement therapy for both , you need to see a blood specialist for eval & treatment . A far as you Hgb dropping twice , there is a source of blood loss , from your GI tract ( stomach or colon ) .you need EGD & colonoscopy to look for blood loss. Take care. Read more...