The daily hustle and bustle was tiring in and of itself. Throw in the holiday season, complete with a family visit that included my high-energy 2-year-old, and I was not at all surprised at just how exhausted I was feeling. Winter was upon us, so my summer bronze was long gone, replaced by the snowy pallor of December and January. The holiday season passed, our visitors returned home, but energy did not.
The daily hustle and bustle turned into the monotony of getting out of bed to go to the office, and going straight to bed once I got home. I had other symptoms in addition to exhaustion: Irritability, anxiety, confusion, dizziness, shortness of breath, tingling in my extremities, sallow complexion, and an upper respiratory infection that I could not shake. This went on for 2-3 months. So, when no improvements were in sight and I was left without an explanation, I checked in with my primary care physician (PCP) who ordered blood work and urinalysis.
Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells provide oxygen to body tissues. There are many types of anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is a decrease in the number of red cells in the blood caused by too little iron.
See also: Iron deficiency anemia - children
Anemia - iron deficiency
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia . About 20% of women, 50% of pregnant women, and 3% of men do not have enough iron in their body.
Iron is a key part of hemoglobin , the oxygen-carrying protein in the blood. Your body normally gets iron through diet and by recycling iron from old red blood cells. Without iron, the blood cannot carry oxygen effectively. Oxygen is needed for every cell in the body to function normally.
The causes of iron deficiency are:
Poor absorption of iron by the body
Too little ir...
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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