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Pagophagia has been Associated with Iron Deficiency, Anemia
Causes and symptoms of pagophagia Pagophagia is an addiction to ice generally caused by an iron deficiency or anemia. Ice can be used to chill drinks. Its cold, crunchy texture is particularly refreshing on the hottest of days.
Why eating ice may give a mental boost to people with iron deficiency
Patients suffering from pagophagia compulsively crave and chomp on ice, even scraping buildup off freezer walls for a fix. The disorder appears to be caused by an iron deficiency, and supplements of the mineral tend to ease the cravings.
Ice-Chewing Is Better Than Sex for People With Pagophagia
For some people, the urge to chomp on ice is irresistible, to the point that they tell their doctors (who then tell the Washington Post) things like "I love ice. It's better than sex.
Chewing on Ice Better Than Sex (for Some)
(Newser) – If you need coffee as a morning pick-me-up, you're not alone. If you need to chomp through a cup of ice, you're also not alone—but there are fewer people like you.
The Claim: A Craving for Ice Is a Sign of Anemia
In extreme cases, people with undiagnosed anemia and pagophagia have been known to go through multiple bags or trays of ice in a single day; the problem usually clears up after treatment with iron supplements. (Another well-known anemia, sickle cell, ...

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Pagophagia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pagophagia is a form of the disorder pica involving the compulsive consumption of ice or iced drinks. It has been associated with iron deficiency anemia, and ...
Pagophagia – A Common but Rarely Reported Form of Pica - NCBI
Jan 12, 2014 Pagophagia is a particular form of pica characterized by ingestion of ice, freezer frost or iced drinks often associated with iron or calcium ...
Pagophagia in iron deficiency anemia. - NCBI
The relationship between pagophagia (ice pica) and iron deficiency anemia was studied. All 81 patients with iron deficiency anemia defined as hemoglobin ...
Craving and chewing ice: A sign of anemia? - Mayo Clinic
Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia, although the reason is unclear. At least one study indicates that ice ...
Why eating ice may give a mental boost to people with iron
Nov 14, 2014 A new study into pagophagia sufferers links the craving to low haemoglobin.

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