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A 44-year-old member asked:

Should i be concerned about my low iron levels?

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Dr. Hernani Cualing
Pathology 31 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 41-year-old member asked:

What happens when you have low iron levels?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 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 44-year-old member asked:

Reasons for low iron levels?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 23 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).
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are some of the symptoms of low iron levels?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Anemia: The most common would be anemia-related symptoms which include lethargy, fatigue, cold intolerance, and shortness of breath on exertion.
A 17-year-old female asked about a 17-year-old female:

Can having very low iron levels kill you?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 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 is very good at maintaining iron levels. It is typical for menstruating and pregnant females to have mild iron deficiency and sometimes anemia. This is usually treated with a little iron replacement or meds to reduce menstrual loss.
A 31-year-old female asked:

Can low iron levels cause depression?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Not really.: Very low iron levels could lead to anemia which if severe enough could cause you to feel fatigued. You could try 325 mg iron supplement each day and see if that make you feel better.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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