Iron-Deficiency Anemia

Iron-deficiency anemia is caused by decreased levels of iron in the blood. Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the organs of the body.

  1. Malabsorption of iron by the digestive system.
  2. Excessive or prolonged bleeding, including during menstruation.
  3. Eating foods that interfere the body’s ability to absorb iron.
  4. Increased demand for iron, which is common in pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  1. Fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, especially when changing position.
  2. Easily tired.
  3. Paleness, loss of color in face.
Supplements are usually prescribed to treat iron-efficiency anemia, such as an iron supplement or multivitamins. There are many forms of iron. Ferrous is more easily absorbed than ferric. Ferrous sulfate is cheaper and most commonly used. Some types of iron supplements contain vitamin C to aid absorption. Certain iron products that are more slowly absorbed or having coatings on them are less likely to irritate the digestive tract, but are slower to enter the body.
It is important to rule out any abnormal bleeding, including polyps in the colon and ulcers in the digestive tract.
Foods High in Iron
  1. Cow liver.
  2. Wheat germ.
  3. Oysters.
  1. Dehydrated fruit.
  2. Iron-fortified cereal.
  3. Eggs.
  1. Avoid foods that can interfere with the absorption of iron.
  2. Remember there is a difference between the amount of iron your body can absorb and the amount of iron in food. (Your body cannot always absorb as much iron as is in a certain food.)
  3. Iron supplements can cause stool to become dark green or black. This is normal.
  4. Side effects of iron supplements include bloating, nausea, constipation, and diarrhea.

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