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April 22, 2023

Iron Deficiency Anemia 101

with podcast guest

Dr. Stephanie Martin


Dr. Stephanie Martin is a highly accomplished OBGYN and Medical Director and co-owner of Clinical Concepts in Obstetrics, LLC. She’s here today to break down iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia for us.

This is such an important aspect of women’s health that is frequently overlooked, especially since testing iron levels isn’t a part of most women’s routine bloodwork. With one in five women of childbearing age having iron deficiency anemia, I’m encouraging you to check out GetIronInformed.com, which is a women’s health initiative that encourages women to learn more about their iron levels and how that can affect their health.

In this episode, we talk about the differences between iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia, what you need to know to advocate for yourself with your healthcare provider, testing for iron deficiency, symptoms of iron deficiency, and so much more!

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  • Differentiating between iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia
  • Symptoms of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia
  • Who is at a higher risk for iron deficiency?
  • Myths about eating iron-rich foods
  • Stephanie’s favorite tips for iron supplementation
  • Testing for iron deficiency and anemia
  • What to do if your lab markers are near borderline
  • What you need to know about iron supplements
  • Iron deficiency in menopause
  • Effects of untreated iron deficiency


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