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I eat a cup of ice a day. I feel ok but am I doing myself

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I eat a cup of ice a day. I feel ok but am I doing myself any harm?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Family Physician replied 9 years ago.
Compuslive ice eating (pagophagia) is a symptom often associated with low iron and anemia. It often responds to treatment with iron.

The eating of ice will NOT thin your blood - but the anemia (low blood count) may be causing this symptom.

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