Iron Deficiency Anemia with Chronic Kidney Disease

March is National Kidney Month, making today’s topic of Chronic Kidney Disease (also known as CKD) very fitting. A common issue of CKD is iron deficiency anemia, particularly for patients on dialysis.   What is Iron Deficiency Anemia? Iron deficiency is a condition that reflects having less than adequate iron levels in the body which … Continue reading Iron Deficiency Anemia with Chronic Kidney Disease

I’m Iron Deficient… What Are the Treatment Options?

If you’ve been diagnosed with iron deficiency, you have a few different options when it comes to treatment. It is likely that your doctor will recommend a combination of an iron-rich diet along with an iron supplement. Here’s an overview of the options so that you, together with your doctor or pharmacist, can come up … Continue reading I’m Iron Deficient… What Are the Treatment Options?

Who Do I Need to See to Diagnose & Treat Iron Deficiency?

Most of the time, your primary care physician will be the first doctor you see about iron deficiency. Depending on your symptoms, blood work results, and cause of your iron deficiency, you may be referred to a different healthcare professional or specialist. Let’s take a look at which healthcare professionals may be involved in diagnosing … Continue reading Who Do I Need to See to Diagnose & Treat Iron Deficiency?

I Wonder if MY 70 Blood Donors Know The Importance of Post-Donation Iron Supplementation

As the recipient of 70 units of blood last year (for bone marrow failure), I know first-hand how important blood donation is, and I am forever grateful for those who helped me when I was in need. On the weekend, I heard an announcement from Canadian Blood Services (CBS); while they are always in need … Continue reading I Wonder if MY 70 Blood Donors Know The Importance of Post-Donation Iron Supplementation