Some research has shown an association between ADHD and iron deficiency although the link isn’t clearly understood. Children with ADHD may have lower levels of iron even though research is mixed as to whether supplementing iron significantly improves symptoms.
Children with ADHD May Have Lower Levels of Iron
A study completed in 2004 showed that children with ADHD were more likely to have lower levels of iron with those with the most severe iron deficiencies having more severe symptoms of ADHD. In this study researchers looked at 80 children – 53 with ADHD and 27 without ADHD but who had a mild learning disability . Eighty-four percent of the children with ADHD had low levels of iron as compared to only 18 percent of those without ADHD. The researchers noted that none of the children in the study had malnutrition.
The scientists didn’t believe that iron supplementation should be an immediate treatment for children with ADHD, however, they did recommend ...
Iron deficiency is a problem for fifty percent of those who have had gastric bypass surgery and is connected to anemia in one third of the cases. A 1998 study found that women were more than two times more likely than men to have an iron deficiency after weight loss surgery.
Women who are pregnant or having heavy menstruation are most susceptible.
Iron is a critical part of the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Lack of iron will lessen the production of hemoglobin and cause anemia.
Causes of Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Iron deficiency can occur after gastric bypass surgery because the duodenum is bypassed in the procedure. Iron is partially absorbed in the duodenum. Stomach acids draw iron from food and make it more easy to absorb. The small stomach pouch that has been created reduces the amount of acid that is produced which in turn decreases iron ab sorption.
Iron deficiency begins with the exhau...
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