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how can i restore copper and iron levels if supplemental zinc lowered them ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Eat sensibly: I hope this adventure cures you from believing internet disinformation about supplements. I understand the copper -- zinc fans can get really sick from this -- but your physician might look for a reason you're iron deficient. Even at your age, we wouldn't want to miss blood loss from, say, a stomach ulcer.

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How do I know if my baby has an iron deficiency?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Blood test: Your baby can look pale, feel tired, sleep more than usual and/or have a decreased appetite. Often times, a baby won't have any symptoms and the deficiency will be picked up via screening labs.
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How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Many symptoms: Anemia, or low iron, can cause your infant to be pale, irritable, more tired than normal, weak or have rapid heart rate or fast breathing. It can usually be prevented with a proper diet, which in a breast fed infant means using a multi-vitamin with iron daily. Formula fed infants should only receive iron fortified formula. Pediatricians test for anemia between 9-12 months, and if concerns arise.
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Why is copper important in my diet during pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Process toxins: Humans need copper for many reasons but one of the most important is to process toxins. Specific enzymes designed to help our cells process toxins need copper to work.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What iron levels are considered "suspicious" for iron overload/hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Hemachromatosis: A number of tests are available to check iron levels, and a hematologist or blood disease specialist, will check multiple tests for iron overload. The specialist may also suggest a liver biopsy to check for iron overload.
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Please tell me what it is I can do to raise my hemagloblin, other than taking iron tablets?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Find the cause: Low hemoglobin is not always due to iron deficiency, your doctor has to find the cause of the low hemoglobin and treat it if possible.

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