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A 43-year-old member asked:

How can rbc be low and iron high?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Different things: "iron" is often misused as a term for "hemoglobin", sometimes even by allied health professionals who should know better. The "serum iron" actually measures how much of the element are actually available free for use. You may be low on red cells because the iron isn't usable, or the red cells are being lost or destroyed or can't be made for some reason. The situation is common.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How possible is it to have low iron despite having good rbc?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Early days: It is possible to be iron depleted and not be anemic, as anemia from iron deficiency follows after prolonged and very low iron stores. Your body will compensate for the lack of iron up to a point; if you are iron deficient and not anemic, eating red meat or taking supplements generally works (unless you can not absorb iron).

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Last updated Oct 25, 2013

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