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.
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 ...
Protein C deficiency is a disorder characterized by an increased tendency to form blood clots . Protein C is a vitamin-K-dependent anticoagulant protein manufactured in the liver and circulated in the plasma . Protein C inhibits coagulation (clotting) by inactivating at least two proteins, Factors V and VIII. When there is a deficiency of protein C, coagulation may take place lending to possible thrombosis. Defects can occur for a wide variety of reasons in the clotting or anticlotting mechanisms, and thus present a condition of bleeding problems (such as hemophilia ) or clotting problems (such as thrombosis). Decreased values of protein C are associated with: Thrombosis Deep vein thrombosis Pulmonary embolism Thrombophlebitis Neonatal purpura fulminans (homozygote based) Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) Protein C deficiency is a prethrombotic (a thrombus is a clot) disorder which may be a result of congenital biochemical defects or associated with other thrombotic disorders. Congenital...
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