Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 28, 2007


According to this article, 3% of men are iron deficient. And people with iron deficiency anemia always feel cold. That’s me for sure!

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency in the absence of anemia is asymptomatic. One half of patients with moderate iron deficiency anemia develop pagophagia. Usually, they crave ice to suck or chew. Occasionally, patients are seen who prefer cold celery or other cold vegetables in lieu of ice. Leg cramps, which occur on climbing stairs, also are common in patients deficient in iron.

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia. About 20% of women, 50% of pregnant women, and 3% of men are iron deficient. Iron deficiency can’t be corrected overnight. You may need to take iron supplements for several months or longer to replenish your iron reserves.

Some people with iron deficiency anemia always feel cold. They feel cold because iron plays a role in regulating the body’s temperature.

Iron is the backbone nutrient for enhancing the building of oxygenated blood. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are also needed to make healthy blood. Lacking any one of these three vitamins can cause red blood cells not to form properly. Some supplements contain highly superior coenzyme forms of these nutrients. Since these special B-vitamins are already pre-energized, they require no contribution of body energy to make them work, which is a huge issue if a person is already fatigued from poor iron status.

Iron has recently been identified as a key nutrient in cells that enables thyroid/ zinc gene signals to function in metabolic pathways. A lack of iron inside cells may reduce up to 80 different gene signals that would otherwise be following “thyroid instructions.” A lack of iron may handicap metabolism and cause metabolic fatigue.

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May 28, 2007 - Posted by | Health | ,

1 Comment »

  1. No wonder I hate winter!

    Comment by aroseconfesses | January 20, 2011 | Reply


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