Iron Deficiency Anemia

Monday, March 18, 2013

Iron-deficiency anemia is a common, easily treated condition that occurs if you dont have enough iron in your body. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People who have anemia dont have enough hemoglobin. The most common cause of anemia is when your body doesnt make enough hemoglobin because it doesnt have enough iron. This is called iron deficiency anemia.

Some children with iron deficiency anemia do not get enough iron in their diet, but this is not a common cause in adults. In women, heavy blood loss during menstrual periods can cause iron deficiency anemia. In men and postmenopausal women, it can be a warning sign of ulcers or cancer.

People with iron deficiency anemia often do not have any symptoms. As the condition gets worse, you might feel tired or dizzy, have trouble catching your breath, have a fast heartbeat or have unusual cravings.

The first step to treatment is to find out what is causing the iron deficiency. If you arent getting enough iron in your diet, try eating small amounts of meat or other foods high in iron. Pregnant women and children with iron deficiency should take iron pills.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.