If you’re always tired, cold, and pale, your symptoms could be due to iron-deficiency anemia. Often iron deficiency is due to a problem in your digestive tract. The experienced gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, can identify the cause of your anemia and offer expert treatments to help you absorb more iron and resolve your symptoms. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today.
Anemia is a blood condition in which you don’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen around your body.
Your red blood cells need iron to produce hemoglobin, one of the critical substances required to move oxygen through your blood. If you don’t get enough iron, your body can’t make enough hemoglobin, and you develop iron-deficiency anemia.
A variety of factors can contribute to insufficient iron levels and anemia:
If you have iron-deficiency anemia, you could develop symptoms, including:
You could also develop brittle fingernails, a reduced appetite, or a craving for nonfood substances like dirt or ice.
Treatment begins with thorough blood testing to diagnose iron-deficiency anemia. Your provider also tests for digestive disorders that could interfere with your iron absorption.
Depending on your needs, your provider could recommend adjusting your diet or taking an iron supplement. Your provider might also create a customized treatment plan to address digestive disorders like celiac disease, ulcers, and colon polyps that contribute to iron-deficiency anemia.
If you’re concerned about iron-deficiency anemia, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today.