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I had unexplained anemia in 2009, I understand this is unusual for a male, they put it down to my diet, can that simply be the reason? Im worried stil

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: It's possible

When a man over age 50 develops iron-deficiency anemia, doctors are trained to think about colon cancer, which can cause silent blood loss.
But if your anemia went away with a change in your diet, it was probably due to your diet! lack of folate (folic acid) from leafy green vegetables, or lack of vit b12, can also cause anemia. Follow-up with your doc to make sure your anemia has resolved.

In brief: It's possible

When a man over age 50 develops iron-deficiency anemia, doctors are trained to think about colon cancer, which can cause silent blood loss.
But if your anemia went away with a change in your diet, it was probably due to your diet! lack of folate (folic acid) from leafy green vegetables, or lack of vit b12, can also cause anemia. Follow-up with your doc to make sure your anemia has resolved.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Robert Green
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

However depending on how old you are, a workup from a gastroenterologist is probably warranted.

In brief: Sometimes

However depending on how old you are, a workup from a gastroenterologist is probably warranted.
Dr. Robert Green
Dr. Robert Green
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Dr. Howard Haft
The first question is whether or not you still have the anemia that was noted in 2009. If you do it should be evaluated as to the cause- iron deficiency in a male would suggest blood loss but there are many other possible causes. If the anemia is no longer present- don't worry and don't do anything else
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