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Does intake of iron supplements help in increasing blood count in body?

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Posted on Sat, 27 Feb 2016
Question: What can I do to replace blood loss for divireculisis (spelling) besides eating beets, iron supplements and monitoring diet?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
green leafy vegs typically, chicken liver, clams, oysters, nuts

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Blood loss results in low iron levels because of the majority of the body's iron is found in the red blood cells, it plays an important role in hemoglobin production.
Hemoglobin is the part of the red blood cell that is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.

As a result, replacing iron content would help with increasing the levels of hemoglobin, thereby increasing the oxygen carrying ability of the blood.

In addition to the supplements, using foods with high iron levels- (1)green leafy vegetables ( eg spinach, swiss chard)
(2) beef, chicken liver if she is not a vegetarian
(3)clams, oysters
(4)canned sardines
(5)turkey
(6)seeds such as squash and pumpkin seeds
(7)nuts
(8)white beans, lentils

Beets are nutritious and good to use typically but are not generally used to help with iron replacement.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (4 minutes later)
Would the list of foods still be recommended if
Diverticulitis is the diagnosis?

Also, if the patient is 87 years old?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
no major changes

Detailed Answer:
HI

With diverticular disease, treatment involves a high fiber diet. This can include nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, oats and other whole grains.

Some of these are mentioned as it relates to iron levels-nuts, seeds, certain vegetables

In terms of her age, there is not changes in the recommended foods/drinks.

Please feel free to ask anything else
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Does intake of iron supplements help in increasing blood count in body?

Brief Answer: green leafy vegs typically, chicken liver, clams, oysters, nuts Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Blood loss results in low iron levels because of the majority of the body's iron is found in the red blood cells, it plays an important role in hemoglobin production. Hemoglobin is the part of the red blood cell that is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. As a result, replacing iron content would help with increasing the levels of hemoglobin, thereby increasing the oxygen carrying ability of the blood. In addition to the supplements, using foods with high iron levels- (1)green leafy vegetables ( eg spinach, swiss chard) (2) beef, chicken liver if she is not a vegetarian (3)clams, oysters (4)canned sardines (5)turkey (6)seeds such as squash and pumpkin seeds (7)nuts (8)white beans, lentils Beets are nutritious and good to use typically but are not generally used to help with iron replacement. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions