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Why can't your body absorb iron?

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Conditions like celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease can make it harder for your intestines to absorb iron. Surgery such as gastric bypass that removes part of your intestines, and medicines used to lower stomach acid can also affect your body's ability to absorb iron.

From: What Is Iron Deficiency Anemia? WebMD Medical Reference

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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

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