Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) develops when the stores of iron drop too low to support normal red blood (RBC) cell production. Inadequate dietary iron, impaired iron absorption, bleeding or loss of body iron in the urine may be the cause.
How Common Is
Iron Deficiency Anemia?
Although more common women, IDA is the single most prevalent deficiency state worldwide. Elevated risks for iron deficiency anemia include:
Women with heavy menstrual bleeding
Patients with congestive heart failure
Renal transplant patients
Elite runners and triathletes
Bariatric surgery patients
What Are the Symptoms
Of Iron Deficiency Anemia?
Common symptoms of IDA are fatigue, leg cramps, craving ice, poor scholastic performance, cold intolerance.
How Is Iron
Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed?
Diagnosis of IDA begins with a visit with a consultation with a gastroenterologist who can order lab testing. Lab testing may include: Red blood cell size and color, hematocrit, hemoglobin, and ferritin. Additional diagnostic testing may include: endoscopy, colonoscopy or ultrasound.
Why Treat Iron
Left untreated, iron deficiency anemia can become severe and lead to health problems including irregular heartbeat, which can lead to an enlarged heart or heart failure. Having too little oxygen in the body can damage organs over time. With anemia, the heart must work harder to make up for the lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin.
Oral Iron vs.
Infused Iron Therapy?
Research indicates oral iron supplements are only 10% absorbed. Outpatient infusion services can be used to provide 100% absorption of infused iron, helping patients to feel better faster.
Traditionally infusion therapy has been used in hospitals, but now infusion therapy can be administered in outpatient infusion centers, saving patients time and money.
Of Infusion Therapy
Infusion therapy is used to treat several diseases and conditions and may help to reduce symptoms for patients suffering with:
Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Iron deficiency anemia
If you’re feeling tired, and tied of it, now is the time to speak to a professional who can find the cause and offer solutions like iron infusion therapy.