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what does it mean when my iron saturation levels are low

A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Maybe iron deficient: Low iron saturation could indicate an overall iron deficiency, but there are other blood tests that need to be done to determine this. Most common cau ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lori Luchtman-jones
33 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Room for iron!: Most of the body's iron is bound to that red stuff in our red blood cells, hemoglobin. The rest is bound to proteins, like the blood protein transferr ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: Iron deficiency will make you feel run down well before you become anemic. Iron's also essential to your cells' doing their metabolism. Many physician ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Suggests deficiency: Your body has produced plenty of the protein that wants to transport iron, and there's little being transported. This is a good screening test for act ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michio Abe
25 years experience Internal Medicine
First find out why: Low iron saturation may be evidence of iron deficiency. Low ferritin level would be more specific. If you suspect that you are iron deficient, you sho ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mehdi Moezi
30 years experience Medical Oncology
Iron deficinecy: You are iron deficient you need to have additional work up and start replacement see your primary care physician and if needed they will send you to h ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Zaroulis
55 years experience Hematology
Anemia: it can mean that iron deficiency anemia is occurring. Further blood tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis.
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Balanced protein : Low iron saturation means the body's protein is not combining with iron well. Take adequate protein from fish, poultry and eggs. Iron is better absorb ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Fatigue: Iron may not adequately deliver to bone marrow to produce new red blood cells. Iron may not transfer to other tissues like muscles.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Low iron and anemia: Can certainly make you feel horrible. Very low vitamin d can cause some mild symptoms, but nothing like the fatigue due to iron deficiency. Luckily, b ... Read More

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