Iron Deficiency Anemia
Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells.
Anemia results in fatigue, rapid heart beats, pale skin, leg cramps, brain fog and more.
Anemia can even cause weight gain in some people. The most common form of
anemia is iron deficiency anemia.
Iron is an important building block for red blood cells which are made in your bone
marrow. When your body does not have enough iron, it will make fewer red blood cells
or red blood cells that are too small. This inadequacy is known as iron deficiency
anemia, also known as microcytic or hypochromic anemia. Without iron, the blood
cannot carry oxygen effectively and the entire body suffers from low oxygen levels.
Your body receives the majority of iron from your diet and there are several possible
reasons why you may be deficient in iron.
- Dietary Insufficiencies. You may not be eating enough of the foods that
contain iron. Some good food sources of iron are red meat, chicken, turkey,
pork, oysters, cod. These sources of iron are absorbed the easiest. More poorly
absorbed sources of iron include lentils, almonds, spinach, brown rice, and a
variety of beans.
- Poor Iron Absorption. People with Celiac’s Disease or other gluten
intolerance, IBS, Chrone's Disease, and poor gut function for example will have
decreased ability to absorb iron from their diet. Getting the gut healthy is the
primary step in absorbing more iron.
- Blood Loss. Women with heavy and long menstruation, patients with
esophageal varices, peptic ulcers and certain types of cancers that have
increased bleeding will drain the body of iron.
- Increased Iron Requirements. There are times in our lives where we require
more iron, especially females. When women are pregnant or lactating their
bodies have an increased need for iron and may have to supplement to
increase their levels.
Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include:
And that is just to name a few. If you suspect that you have iron deficiency anemia,
- Bad Moods
- Dark Colored Stools
- Pale Skin
- Weight Gain
simple blood test can tell you whether you have the condition or perhaps another form
of anemia called pernicious anemia or B12 deficiency anemia. The most accurate way
to test for iron deficiency is to test ferritin levels in your blood, although this does not
test for anemia itself.
At Complete Health and Weight Loss our health experts can test you for anemia
and make recommendations to reverse the underlying cause of anemia and get you
on the path to recovery.
Call for an appointment today.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of anemia but live outside the
DFW area, we can still help you via phone consultations.
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