PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What can cause iron deficiency anemia?

ANSWER

You can have iron deficiency anemia if:

  • You don't eat enough foods containin iron
  • Your body can't properly absorb iron
  • You lose iron through your blood
  • You’re pregnant.

From: What Is Iron Deficiency Anemia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Anemia."

American Society of Hematology: "Iron-Deficiency Anemia."

Mayo Clinic: "Iron deficiency anemia: Diagnosis," "Iron deficiency anemia: Overview." "Iron deficiency anemia: Symptoms and causes," "Iron deficiency anemia: Treatment."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Iron-Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed?" "How is Iron-Deficiency Anemia Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia?" "What Causes Iron-Deficiency Anemia?"

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron."

American Society of Hematology:  “Iron-Deficiency Anemia.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 19, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Anemia."

American Society of Hematology: "Iron-Deficiency Anemia."

Mayo Clinic: "Iron deficiency anemia: Diagnosis," "Iron deficiency anemia: Overview." "Iron deficiency anemia: Symptoms and causes," "Iron deficiency anemia: Treatment."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Iron-Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed?" "How is Iron-Deficiency Anemia Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia?" "What Causes Iron-Deficiency Anemia?"

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron."

American Society of Hematology:  “Iron-Deficiency Anemia.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 19, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

Why can't your body absorb iron?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: