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Depression and Anemia

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 10, 2016 10:49:54 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim & Winter Ninivaggi


Could depression lead to anemia?

Or anemia lead to depression? A recent study was conducted in hopes of understanding whether or not there was a link between depression and anemia.

Anemia is the result of a low red blood cell count in the body. This results in lower oxygen levels being delivered to organs. It can cause dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness and even shortness of breath.

The Questionaire of Depression 2nd version was used to assess levels of depression in those participating in the study. Their hemoglobin levels were also measured.  Health related factors such as sex, age, alcohol intake, smoking etc. were also taking into account.

Researchers found a significant link between depression and anemia in the very large group of healthy participants observed. Regardless of sociodemographic variables, those with depression were more likely to have anemia compared to their non-depressed counterparts.

People with chronic and acute autoimmune conditions can have low iron, low ferritin and low iron saturation. Chronic disease can disrupt the production of red blood cell production. You can have a triple whammy of an autoimmune condition, disease-related anemia and depression.

The severity of anemia also increased with the severity of the depression.

It is no secret that depression is associated with the gut. Eating foods with positive effects on your intestinal microbiome can provide great improvement in depression symptoms.

We use I.V. ozone successfully for systemic pain and inflammation. I.V. Ozone with injectable Traumeel in the bag brings immediate relief to our patients. If you are anemic your red blood cells can't carry oxygen to your cells. Ozone increases oxygen into your cells.

If you are suffering with depression we would be glad to help you find a diet and exercise plan that works for you and also help you get a "good gut". 

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