Anemia, or iron deficiency, can occur in people with IBD for several reasons. One reason is inadequate intake of iron, which can occur because people with IBD may have to limit iron-rich foods because they are no longer palatable. Second, iron may be poorly absorbed in people with IBD, especially patients with Crohn's disease or those who have had surgery to remove portions of the GI tract. Also, iron levels can be depleted due to bleeding in the GI tract. Eating foods that are rich in iron, and avoiding foods that inhibit iron absorption is a first step. Supplements can also help.
Welcome to my Bog Blog. "Bog," by the way, is British slang for toilet and it seems so appropriate for an IBD blog. If you had told me when I was twenty years-old that some day not too far in the future I would be scoping out the nearest toilet wherever I went I would have said you were nuts. But, indeed, this odd habit became part of my…