GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Iron deficiency anemia is the most common hematologic abnormality. It is the decrease in concentration of hemoglobin in the blood. The two most common causes are iron deficiency or acute blood loss.
A healthy level of Hemoglobin and Hematocrit is 12 and 36 respectively. Iron deficiency during pregnancy has been associated with increased risk of low birth weight infants and preterm delivery. A low iron can also be hard on your heart.
The primary treatment is to discover where and why the iron levels are low. Problems may be heavy periods or other bleeding, such as from the colon or rectum, malabsorption, which may be due to the use of enteric coated tablets or use of antacids.
Supplemental iron is available over the counter. Diets can also help build hemoglobin, below is a table of iron rich foods.
If anemia is diagnosed and treatment with supplemental iron is taken or dietary changes made, the hemoglobin and hematocrit should be tested again in 2 weeks to assure improvement.
Looking for more ways to get more iron? Click on the photo scroller above for a chart on iron rich foods!
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