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Dietary Iron & HHT

Iron deficiency is a common and important manifestation of HHT. Lack of iron makes it harder to produce red blood cells (RBCs), has symptoms similar to anemia, and makes anemia more likely to occur with active bleeding as the body will not have the necessary iron available to replace the lost RBCs. Approximately 50% of patients with HHT develop anemia. However, many patients can be iron deficient but not anemic.

There are many iron-rich foods that can help increase iron absorption. An iron-rich diet can help offset iron deficiencies, but it’s also important to know which foods can prevent iron from being absorbed. Learn more with this inclusive factsheet.

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