Anemia occurs when the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells that can carry oxygen to body tissues. Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia and caused by a decrease in the number of red cells in the blood caused by too little iron. Iron deficiency anemia occurs in women, with as many as 50% of pregnant women and 20% of all women suffer from this condition. About 30% of men report low iron Anemia symptoms.
Symptoms of anemia are unusual colors of the whites of the eyes, thin hair, brittle nails, pale skin, feeling of being tired, frequent headaches, consistent irritability, inability to concentrate, possible cloudy urine from unusual metabolic processes, and a general inability to carry on the pre-existing lifestyle. Unusual bowel movements and unusual gasses can indicate a metabolic disorder.
When there is not enough iron in the hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein), the body tissues begin to be under-nourished and Anemia occurs. Healthy adults get iron through diet and by recycling iron from old red blood cells. Causes of iron deficiency are blood loss, inability by the body to absorb the iron, or simply too little iron in the diet, existing medical conditions, or even stress. Monitor the function of your digestive tract and watch for various symptoms of consistent low energy. Women tend to have smaller iron reserves and can run out of it faster than men. This is especially dangerous during pregnancy.
Some forms of low iron anemia are caused by gastrointestinal blood loss called hematochezia or more commonly red poop. Gastrointestinal cancers can also cause hematochezia and so can disorders such as Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Other digestive problems leading to low iron anemia are Celiac disease, Gastric bypass surgery, or NSAIDS medications, or steroidal injections. Learn more about a diet for digestive health.
Common test for Low Iron Anemia is the Fecal occult blood test or tests that measure red blood cell counts. Other tests include TIBC (Iron binding capacity), RBC indices, Serum ferritin or Serum iron levels. Treatment can typically cure the anemia, but not always the underlying condition that caused it. Patients are prescribed a diet of red meat, liver, and egg yolks, as well as foods that are fortified with iron. Dietary supplements can be an option.