Ice Chewing

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Chewing on ice could be a sign of anemia


Do you love to chew on ice? I've had friends who do and it seems like a fairly common habit to me, but apparently it can be (in some cases) a sign of anemia. The connection may not seem clear at first, but chewing on ice is a form of pica, which is defined as the practice of eating non-food items (often including metal and paper also). Pica is commonly a symptom of iron-deficiency anemia, although doctors aren't sure exactly why this is.

So if you have the habit of chewing on ice cubes it's probably a good idea to make an appointment and have your iron levels checked. The good news is that anemia is usually easily treated with iron supplements.
Source: Rigel Gregg, www.thatsfit.com/2008/01/18/daily-fit-tip-chewing-on-ice-could-be-a-sign-of-anemia/

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