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A 51-year-old female asked:

iron supplements for over a year. if i stop, my iron levels drop. can't find cause. help?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Keep up supplements: If you are still menstruating, that could be a plausible explanation. Other likely cause could be bleeding in the intestine. If bleeding in the intestine has been excluded, then malabsoroption like Celiac disease needs to be investigated. However, do continue taking iron. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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