Expert Voices

Eating for Iron Health: 101
Anita Vincent, RD, CSO, LDN

Iron is a mineral needed for optimal health. It’s important for healing and the immune system. It is also a part of hemoglobin, a protein in blood that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.  Low iron levels can cause you to feel tired, short of breath, and to be more susceptible to infection. Iron...

The Skinny on IDA after Weight Loss Surgery
Margaret M. Furtado, MS, RDN, LDN

Weight loss surgery has never been more popular, and with high-profile celebrities and politicians, including well-liked New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, who underwent gastric banding surgery recently, it’s likely its popularity will continue to soar.  The benefits often outweigh the risks when it comes to weight loss...

Creative Ways to Add Iron to your Diet
Allison J. Stowell, MS, RD, CDN

If your health care professional has diagnosed you with iron deficiency anemia (IDA), he or she may have mentioned a thing or two you can do on your own to try to manage your condition. Most likely your diet was part of the conversation. Consuming iron-rich foods can help you increase your iron stores and may help you manage IDA.  So...

Anemia’s Link to Fatigue
Robin Wachsman, RN, BSN, OCN, CCRN

As a clinician in a community oncology clinic, anemia is a familiar diagnosis. The most common complaint prior to the diagnosis of anemia is fatigue. Unfortunately, anemia and fatigue often go hand in glove. Often the onset of anemia is slow and the body is able to compensate. Patients are able to manipulate activities of daily living to...