How IBD Can Cause Low Iron Levels
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe medical conditions that involve chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. In addition to the gastrointestinal symptoms that you might expect with IBD, there are a variety of complications that can occur. For example, many people with IBD develop low iron levels in their blood, which can result in anemia. Let’s take a closer look at what this means and how it occurs.
What happens to your body with IBD?
There are two main types of inflammatory bowel disease: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They share many symptoms in common, including:
Ulcerative colitis affects only the large intestine, also called the colon. Crohn’s disease, on the other hand, can affect anywhere along the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus.
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