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Long term effects of low iron levels

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Anemia: It is not the low iron levels per se that cause symptoms, but the anemia due to iron deficiency that, depending on severity, may cause symptoms. Plea... Read More

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameh Abuerreish
Hematology and Oncology 27 years experience
Iron deficiency: fatigue and poor concentration. of course if the deficiency leads to anemia. then the anemia will cause exertional symptoms, near syncope , light hea... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Higher mortality: In short term, low t has been associated w/low bone mass & fracture, frailty & sarcopenia (loss of muscle), obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, dep... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Mgt: It would be helpful to review your blood gas results in room air. Do you have symptoms such as shortness of breath? Headaches?
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 67 years experience
Fatigue: Iron deficiency can cause symptoms related to poor total body iron stores. Tired and fatigued are the most common with ice craving being very prevalen... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Can cause anemia: Low iron relates mainly to your blood counts and how your bone marrow handles your body's need for hemoglobin. Low iron can be nutritional, because yo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not strictly: Low iron levels produce anemia. Anemia when severe can kill, but that occurs very rarely since symptoms usually bring you to the doctor early. Body ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Hair loss/low iron: What makes you think you have low iron levels? If you are a male it is not at all uncommon to begin to lose hair. There are options for preventing thi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Generally 'no': But it's not optimal either.
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Dr. Neil Barth
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Yes: Ferritin can be falsely elevated in the face of low iron stores when there is also inflammation or infection. Ferritin is a slow phase reactant that i... Read More

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