Iron Deficiency Anemia ( Ida )

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Christina Babcock Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) What is Iron Deficiency Anemia? Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) is the most common form of anemia worldwide. It occurs when the body is lacking iron. Iron is important to all cells, but especially to the red blood cells (RBC’s), as they make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the tissues in the body. Normal iron levels for a female are 40-150 ug/dL, and 50-160 ug/dL for males. What causes IDA? The most common cause of IDA is chronic blood loss, such as from the gastrointestinal tract, but can also be a lack of iron in the diet (this is most common in individuals who have migrated from developing countries), or can be caused by changes in the body due to pregnancy. What are the symptoms? You can feel overly tired, or fatigued, If you have anemia due to bleeding. You may find it hard to participate in any of your normal activities. You may experience some shortness of breath, chest discomfort, palpations, or feel faint, if you are severely anemic. If you are anemic due to blood loss, you might notice bleeding coming from the vagina, urine, or the rectum, though you may not…
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