Treatment Options for Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Anemia is a medical condition characterized by a lack of healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all the tissues of the body, so a lack of red blood cells can cause health problems, including fatigue and shortness of breath.
Iron-deficiency anemia is one type of anemia caused by low levels of iron in the body. Iron is essential for producing healthy red blood cells. Fortunately, iron-deficiency anemia can be effectively treated in several ways.
Dietary Changes and Iron Supplementation
Most cases of iron-deficiency anemia can be treated by increasing the amount of iron in the body. When the body has sufficient iron, it will make plenty of healthy red blood cells that will transport oxygen throughout your body like they’re supposed to.
Depending on the severity of your anemia, your healthcare provider may recommend dietary changes alone, or dietary changes plus iron supplementation.
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