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i am a 40 year old female and just found out i am slightly anemic.how long should i take an iron supplement ?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Iron deficient?: Question #1 - are you iron deficient? If not then iron pills will not solve anything. The best blood test for iron level is a ferritin test. Other anemia tests include a peripheral blood smear (pbs) and reticulocyte count. There are many other tests that can be done, but that is a start. Anemia may = iron deficient but not always. 1st is figuring out the type of anemia.
Answered on Jun 20, 2014
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