To treat iron deficiency anemia, your doctor may recommend that you take iron supplements. Your doctor will also treat the underlying cause of your iron deficiency, if necessary.
- Take iron tablets on an empty stomach.
- Don’t take iron with antacids.
- Take iron tablets with vitamin C.
How can I raise my iron levels fast?
The tips below can help you maximize your dietary iron intake:
- Eat lean red meat: This is the best source of easily absorbed heme iron.
- Eat chicken and fish: These are also good sources of heme iron.
- Consume vitamin C-rich foods: Eat vitamin C-rich foods during meals to increase the absorption of non-heme iron.
What causes iron deficiency?
Common causes of iron deficiency include inadequate iron intake due to poor diet or restrictive diets, inflammatory bowel disease, increased requirements during pregnancy and blood loss through heavy periods or internal bleeding.
How do you treat low iron levels?
Treatment. Treatment for iron-deficiency anemia will depend on its cause and severity. Treatments may include iron supplements, procedures, surgery, and dietary changes. Severe iron-deficiency anemia may require intravenous (IV) iron therapy or a blood transfusion.
What are the 3 stages of iron deficiency?
In stage 3, anemia (reduced hemoglobin levels) is present but red blood cell appearance remains normal. Changes in the appearance of red blood cells are the hallmark of stage 4; first microcytosis and then hypochromia develop. Iron deficiency begins to affect tissues in stage 5, manifesting as symptoms and signs.