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  1. #1 Iron Deficiency 
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    My wife made an assertion tonight about iron deficiency that I wanted to get your take on. She hasn't been eating her leafy green vegetables (like her doctor recommended), and when I brought it up to her she said the following:

    I CAN'T BE IRON DEFICIENT SINCE I AM HAVING MY PERIOD REGULARLY

    I am not knowledgeable in this area, but her statement sounds a bit too simple to be a rule of thumb. Thoughts?


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    A woman's body prioritizes reproduction. When she's pregnant, she'll sacrifice bone mass if that is necessary to the baby's bone growth. Impovernished mothers commonly wither into emaciated milk producing machines while their babies receive sufficient nutrients. So I'd speculate she may be iron deficient, while her uterus is not.

    On the other hand, a woman's appetites are so closely regulated by the needs of reproduction, many fight the body's urge to grow a matronly figure. She can trust her instincts. If she needs iron, she'll crave it, probably in the form of a steak if that is what experience taught her brings iron. If her body hasn't learned to depend on vegetables, they won't appeal to her.


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    Anemia in pre-menopausal women is fairly common in developed countries. She would have to be severely anemic before you'd see anything like a stop of menstruation. More likely symptoms would be irritability and fatigue, but if I were you I probably wouldn't suggest to your wife that she may be experiencing them

    Folic acid might help also, since low folic acid levels are also fairly common and can cause higher rates of hemolysis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Anemia in pre-menopausal women is fairly common in developed countries. She would have to be severely anemic before you'd see anything like a stop of menstruation. More likely symptoms would be irritability and fatigue, but if I were you I probably wouldn't suggest to your wife that she may be experiencing them

    Folic acid might help also, since low folic acid levels are also fairly common and can cause higher rates of hemolysis.
    I was not aware that folic acid levels affected red cell lysis.....are you sure about this ?

    Having a regular period has nothing to do with iron deficiency, if you think she could be anemic to simply go to your doc and ask for an iron level and haemoglobin. Anemia is simple to treat, and as mentioned, quite common. By the way, not all green vegs contain iron...

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