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should i be concerned about my low iron levels?

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Dr. Hernani Cualing
Pathology 30 years experience
Yes: Many of the causes of low iron levels are treatable. Most people compensate for low iron levels without symptoms but if the cause leads to worsening levels, then investigating and treating the cause are worthwhile and sensible.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Reasons for low iron levels?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Less in or more out: Either lack of iron intake from diet (ie. Vegetarian), lack of iron absorption (ie. Celiac), or iron losses (ie. Bleeding).
Modesto, CA
A 22-year-old female asked:

I have low iron levels no period im 22 ?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Low iron: May be due to diet low in iron rich foods such as meats or poor intestinal absorption. May also reflect other blood loss. Speak to your doctor.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What happens when you have low iron levels?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Iron deficiency: Low iron makes you tired, pale, lightheaded, and short of breath. It can cause "pica" (craving something unusual). The most common symptom is munching ice. Additional symptoms include foggy thinking, poor hair and nail growth, itching, and restless legs. Pregnant women with low iron can have children with lower iq scores than if they had adequate iron stores.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Low iron levels, alternative options to treating this?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are considered the common warning signs of having low iron levels?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Anemia & fatigue!: Iron deficiency will causes iron deficiency anemia, which causes fatigue, depletion of iron from muscle, which causes fatigue. Mental exaustion, and muscle cramps, .

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