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what causes low iron?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
2 basics: You don't take it in (diet) or you loose it. Iron is a primary factor in creation of new blood cells (they ware out) and many metabolic processes. Lack of intake or increased loss (bleeding-recognized or not) leads to low levels. Dietary iron is found n many items like red meats or supplements. You can lose iron through menses, GI bleeding, other ways.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can iron overload be acquired?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: Certain beers in the tropics caused iron load. So even in patients that did not have hemochromatosis did not develop iron overload. Also, patients with history of multiple blood transfusions can also develop iron overload. There was a famous bantu beer. Most patients cannnot get iron overload unless they have the genes.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a treatment for iron overload?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Iron overload damages the liver, heart, and other organs; and it causes fatigue, weakness, joint pains, abdominal pain, etc... Treatment is by blood-letting (taking blood out of the person) and/or chelation (using chemicals to bind up the iron and remove it from the body).
Dr. Charles Greenberg
General Practice 45 years experience
There are new drugs that can bind iron and treat iron overload as well. Exjade. See your md
Mar 8, 2013
A 23-year-old member asked:

Could low iron cause me to be tired?

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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which often causes fatigue.
Grand Haven, MI
A 37-year-old female asked:

If I have low iron for to long and don't take care of it will it cause other health problems?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
The main issue: With sever iron deficiency is anemia. Patients with long standing anemia have fatigue and shortness of breath. It may not be debilitating, but one would clearly feel better if the iron issue was addressed.
Houma, LA
A 19-year-old male asked:

My iron serum was 167 which was high & my iron saturation was 61% which was also high & UIBC was low. What causes this?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Iron: This is unusual for a young male. It reflects a relative iron overload. I recommend a serum ferritin test. It is possible your intestine over-absorbs iron.

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