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
My name is Kelly and I am iron deficient. My iron levels were never great after the birth of my first child. The blood loss was massive, the doctors pondered my need for a blood transfusion and prescribed me ferrous sulfate to help out. It brought my levels up enough, but I had low iron … Continue reading Kelly: From the Challenges of Iron Deficiency to an IronMan Challenger
Many of us may live a busier life than we would care to. We’re always on the go and trying to juggle a dozen things at once. So, feeling tired is normal then, right? Well, feeling tired after a long and busy day is typical, but feeling that you are constantly in a state of … Continue reading Experiencing Chronic Fatigue? It May Be Iron Deficiency
If you’re looking to up the iron you consume, then you’ll want to ensure that you are absorbing as much as possible! Here are a few tips on how to increase your iron absorption. Iron Absorption Enhancers 1. Heme Iron Foods: The Most Bang for Your Buck There are two types of iron: heme … Continue reading Ways to Enhance Your Iron Absorption
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?
Vitamin C helps your body to better absorb iron – both from the iron-rich foods you eat and from iron supplements – along with all kinds of other great health benefits! In past articles, I’ve mentioned that to enhance absorption you can consume non-heme foods with a good source of Vitamin C, and you can … Continue reading Enhance Absorption with These Top 10 Vitamin C-Rich Foods
In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8th), I thought it was fitting to make today’s post all about the ladies. Did you know that simply being female puts you at a higher risk for developing iron deficiency? It is estimated that 20% of women of childbearing age are iron deficient and 50% of pregnant … Continue reading A Woman’s Need for Iron Throughout Her Life
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?
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