Telltale Signs of an Iron Deficiency

Approximately 10 million Americans live with an iron deficiency and aren’t aware of any problem. Although they may be experiencing many of the most common symptoms, most people don’t realize there’s a problem until a routine doctor visit and blood test reveals it. 

The most common type of anemia is a condition known as iron-deficiency anemia. Even mild or moderate iron-deficiency anemia can be present without you noticing symptoms, leaving many people unaware of issues with their health. 

At Altogether Lovely in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Sydel Legrande recommends checking for an iron deficiency during every yearly checkup, especially since women need one-and-a-half times the amount of iron that men require. Here’s what she looks for.

What is the cause of an iron deficiency?

Your body must have sufficient quantities of iron in order to produce hemoglobin, which is an essential blood component. Most iron deficiencies develop over time, as your diet neglects enough iron or a digestive problem prevents you from absorbing the iron you do get from food. 

Some other causes of an iron deficiency include: 

As part of your regular wellness exam, or if you schedule an appointment at Altogether Lovely for a health concern, Dr. Legrande can perform diagnostic testing that will reveal an iron deficiency. There are a number of tests she can choose that will reveal low iron and possibly discover the cause, including blood work, fecal blood test, colonoscopy, or upper endoscopy. 

What are some telltale signs of an iron deficiency?

Very often, the symptoms of iron deficiency are subtle and difficult to recognize. Among the common signs are: 

These symptoms may be mild at first and get more intense as your anemia worsens.

Treating an iron deficiency 

An iron deficiency is very treatable. After Dr. Legrande determines the cause and severity of your anemia, she can prescribe an appropriate treatment plan to restore your health. This can include dietary changes, iron supplements, or IV iron treatments. Typically, it takes between 3-6 months before your iron levels return to normal. 

If you suspect an iron deficiency, especially if you’re experiencing several of the symptoms listed above, call Altogether Lovely at 813-375-9374 or request an appointment online. Dr. Legrande can quickly get to the bottom of your condition and set you on the road to better health.

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