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Why is my body not able to absorb iron?

Wednesday, 01 October 2008
Answered by: Dr. B.S. Anand
Gastroenterologist,
Houston,
USA
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Q. I am a 44 years old woman who had a kidney transplant and am taking Minipress 2.5 mg daily for the last 10 years. Now for the last few days, I pass stools within an hour of having a meal due to, which my body is not absorbing iron. My haemoglobin is 8.5, but other parameters like vitamin C, B12, folic acid levels are normal. Please advise.

A.  This symptom is called gastro-colic reflex, which means the stomach increases colonic activity. To slow this down you can take Probanthin 15 mg three times a day (1/2 hr before your main meals). The two main causes of low iron levels are poor absorption or increased iron loss. To investigate that you need to see a gastroenterologist, to examine you for occult gastro-intestinal (GI) bleeding and to exclude malabsorption, in particular celiac disease.

A.  This symptom is called gastro-colic reflex, which means the stomach increases colonic activity. To slow this down you can take Probanthin 15 mg three times a day (1/2 hr before your main meals). The two main causes of low iron levels are poor absorption or increased iron loss. To investigate that you need to see a gastroenterologist, to examine you for occult gastro-intestinal (GI) bleeding and to exclude malabsorption, in particular celiac disease.

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