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I crave ice all the time and eat it all the time. I have heard this is from low iron....True or false?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes true

Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia.
Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia. A primary care doctor can sort things out.

In brief: Sometimes true

Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia.
Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia. A primary care doctor can sort things out.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: True

Need blood work to confirm. Pica is what the ice craving from iron deficiency is called.
You need your iron, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels checked and followed as you replace iron levels!

In brief: True

Need blood work to confirm. Pica is what the ice craving from iron deficiency is called.
You need your iron, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels checked and followed as you replace iron levels!
Dr. David Wyatt
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Maybe way back in human history when water was not purified and contained more iron we were genetically programed for that. Just a thought!
Dr. David Wyatt
Excellent point Dr Hazlett!!!
Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: True

In one small study, (88%) percent of people who have ongoing significant low iron had craving for ice.
It is worth getting a ferritin level (lab test) as well as checking the red blood cell count. 99% of those with low iron have low ferritin. If ferritin is normal low iron is very unlikely. If you have low iron, you should look into the cause as there are some serious causes of low iron.

In brief: True

In one small study, (88%) percent of people who have ongoing significant low iron had craving for ice.
It is worth getting a ferritin level (lab test) as well as checking the red blood cell count. 99% of those with low iron have low ferritin. If ferritin is normal low iron is very unlikely. If you have low iron, you should look into the cause as there are some serious causes of low iron.
Dr. Lea Danielsen
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