Could My Anemia Be Related to Gluten?

by Tommy

My MCV is normal (93), right in the middle of the high/ low range. But my hemoglobin (12.2), hematocrit (35.5) and red blood count (3.84) are all a bit lower than the low range. Can this be connected to gluten problems, too? Thank you. Dr. told me to take iron but I frequently eat home grown grass fed beef, cook on cast iron and have iron in my water.

So, I did not take iron, but instead take B12 and folate. So far I'm not bouncing back, but seem a little better, still fatigued and can't gain weight (skinny). I'm wondering if I should give up gluten and see what happens. I've been losing weight and very fatigued, sometimes swollen fingers, joint pain and gas/pain under my right ribs. Dr. took x-rays and blood tests and said all she could find was anemia. I'm a 56 year old male.

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Yes, anemia is definitely related to gluten sensitivity...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Tommy,

Yes, that's a really good observation. Researchers believe ANYONE with unexplained anemia (pernicious OR iron deficiency) should be suspected of having Gluten Sensitivity due to the malabsorption that gluten can cause.

However, doctors persist in the idea that you need to have symptomatic digestive problems in order to have problems with gluten- but this is simply not true and this is part of the reason why finding and Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity is so difficult.

And if your doctor can't find any other reason for you to be anemic, then that could very well be the cause. Especially for men, there are just not a lot of good reasons to be anemic- so it's certainly worth a shot!

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
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