Iron and Iron Deficiency (cont.)
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How is iron deficiency detected?
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Your doctor or healthcare provider will do blood tests to screen for iron deficiency. No single test is used to diagnose iron deficiency. The most common tests for screening are
These tests show how much iron is in your body. Hemoglobin and hematocrit levels usually aren't decreased until the later stages of iron deficiency, i.e., anemia.
Sometimes other blood tests are used to confirm that anemia is due to iron deficiency. These might include
How is iron deficiency treated?
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Again, it is important to be diagnosed by your healthcare provider because iron deficiency can have causes that aren't related to your diet. Your healthcare provider's recommendations will be specific to your needs.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/14/2014
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