Anemia/Iron Deficiency in Denver, CO
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What is anemia/iron deficiency?
Typically, anemia occurs when your blood lacks a sufficient amount of healthy red blood cells and therefore is unable to carry enough oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia caused when there is not enough iron in the body, which inhibits it from creating hemoglobin (a protein found in red blood cells). Hemoglobin delivers oxygen. In the absence of adequate hemoglobin, oxygen is not sufficiently distributed to the body. Anemia and iron deficiency could cause severe health complications if left untreated. You can receive treatment for anemia in Denver, CO. If you believe you or a loved one might have this condition, please reach out to your nearest Denver Digestive Health Specialists location today.
What causes anemia/iron deficiency and who is at risk?
Iron deficiency anemia is caused by having below-normal amounts of iron in the blood. A lack of iron can be the result of a number of different factors:
- A deficiency of iron in one's diet
- Being pregnant
- Blood loss (heavy menstruation, etc.)
- An inability to absorb iron (the small intestine may become compromised from a disease such as Celiac disease)
- Intravascular hemolysis
Those at an increased risk for iron deficiency anemia may include:
- Biological women
- Infants and children
- Those who donate blood
If any of these factors affect you, it may be time to visit a GI specialist at Denver Digestive Health Specialists to learn more and take charge of your health.
What are some symptoms of anemia/iron deficiency?
Insufficient oxygen can cause several iron deficiency problems. The most typical symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include:
- Lack of color in the skin
- Diminished hunger
- Chest pain or shortness of breath
- Craving for ice or clay (pagophagia)
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cold hands and feet
- Sore or smooth tongue
- Unexplained fatigue or lack of energy
- Brittle nails
- Rapid heart rate
- Loss of hair
Iron deficiency anemia is a condition that must be diagnosed by a professional, and taking iron supplements without medical supervision could be detrimental. Help is available for iron deficiency in Denver, CO. If you are suffering from these symptoms, we encourage you to call your nearest Denver Digestive Health Specialists location and let them know you suspect the possibility of iron deficiency.
In what ways is anemia/iron deficiency treated?
The treatments for iron deficiency anemia are extremely straightforward and their intention is to increase the amount of iron in the body. It is important to note, however, that a number of conditions and medications may interfere with iron absorption. The most frequently used treatments for iron deficiency anemia are:
- Treatment for internal bleeding
- Receiving treatment for conditions that impede the absorption of iron, such as Crohn's disease or Celiac disease
- Swallowing iron supplements at the same time as vitamin C
- Eating more iron-rich foods
- Taking iron tablets on an empty stomach
- Antibiotics to treat peptic ulcers
- Swallowing iron supplements without antacids
- Taking oral contraceptives for reduction of bleeding during menstruation
If you'd like to eat more iron-rich foods, some suggestions include:
- Red meat (beef)
- Leafy greens
- Dried fruit
Vitamin C-rich foods can also help with iron absorption. Some foods high in vitamin C include:
- Leafy greens
Complete treatment for anemia and iron deficiency
Iron deficiency anemia can become a dangerous medical issue if ignored or improperly treated. In the event that the cells and tissues in the major organs fail to receive the supply of oxygen they need, they start to suffer damage and/or scarring. In cases of iron deficiency anemia, the heart can become damaged because it works harder trying to supply blood to oxygen-deprived areas of the body. Our team at Denver Digestive Health Specialists offers care for iron deficiency anemia in Denver, CO patients. Once treatment begins, it can take between 2 – 3 weeks for symptoms to dissipate. Depending on the initial cause of your anemia, you may need iron supplements for an extensive period of time to ensure that the anemia does not return. If you have received a diagnosis of, or suspect you might have, anemia or an iron deficiency, we implore you to connect with Denver Digestive Health Specialists to get expert care for your condition.
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