Menses, anemia and gastrointestinal disease

Here’s a blog post (via Ed Yong) on the subject. A quote from one of the studies mentioned:

“RESULTS: Seven of 19 (37%) premenopausal women with IDA were diagnosed to have a gynecological cause of anemia by a specialist in that field. Although only four of these seven patients had digestive complaints, all but one (86%) were discovered to have gastrointestinal disease by upper endoscopy.”

[IDA= Iron Deficiency Anemia] Yes, it’s a small-n-study, maybe it’s just a coincidence. However she makes a good case in the blog post and it’s not the only study she relies on. This subject probably needs more looking into.

February 11, 2011 - Posted by | Medicine, Studies

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