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should depleted iron stores always correlate with low hemoglobin or are they not affected by each other ?

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Dr. Marc Goldhagen
Occupational Medicine 33 years experience
Hemoglobin has iron: Low iron levels reduces hemoglobin and changes its structure. Elevated iron doesn't increase hemoglobin past a certain point, it just gets deposited into tissue and organs.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Very much related: Iron is necessary for the appropriate formation of hemoglobin. So if you have low iron levels, you'll likely have low hemoglobin levels. Realize there may be a bit of a lag/delay between when your iron levels reach a threshold that manifests as low hemoglobin levels.
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Not always.: Some people have iron deficiency without anemia. Symptoms from iron deficiency anemia can occur with iron deficiency alone with anemia.

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Is it ok to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Yes: It is great to eat a diet rich in iron while breastfeeding. Making sure you do not become iron-deficient is very important to prevent your baby from developing iron. If your doctor has prescribed you an iron supplement for anemia, that is very safe to do as well.
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Will breastfeeding diminish my iron supply?

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Yes: Yes, breastfeeding provides nutrition to the infant, including iron. If the mother isn't replacing the iron the infant is taking she will be at risk of becoming iron deficient.
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What are good sources of iron during pregnancy?

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Dr. Lauren Phillips
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Beans and greens!: Here are some iron rich foods: red meat (make sure it is well cooked) egg yolks (cooked) dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards) dried fruit (prunes, raisins) iron-enriched cereals and grains turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans artichokes.
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Why do I need more iron during pregnancy?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Change in volume: During pregnancy, your blood volume basically doubles. The red blood cells may not be able to keep up with the volume increase and this will cause your hemoglobin to drop. Low hemoglobin can make you tired and short of breath. Taking iron and increasing your fluids can get your hemoglobin back up.
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What are normal hemoglobin electrophoresis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Values are: Hemoglobin f is present at birth and is replaced later with hemoglobin a and very small amount is made after birth hemoglobin a1 96.5-98% of total hemoglobin hg a2 1.5to3.5%of total hgb hemoglobin 0to1%of total hemoglobin no abnormal hemoglobin is present normally.

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