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what iron levels are considered "suspicious" for iron overload/hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Hemachromatosis: A number of tests are available to check iron levels, and a hematologist or blood disease specialist, will check multiple tests for iron overload. The specialist may also suggest a liver biopsy to check for iron overload.
Dr. Ted Bader
Hepatology 41 years experience
See below: A non-fasting serum iron- transferrin (iron protein) percentage of more than 60% is considered suspicious and should be followed by further work-up.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Transferrin sat: Your best screen is transferrin saturation. Many of us think that the current recommendation of 45% or more for women, 50% of more for men miss too many people. If you actually have evidence of liver troubles (elevated SGOT / SGPT, for example), think about getting a serum ferritin. With a family history, get the gene testing to know early.

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How do I know if my baby has an iron deficiency?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Blood test: Your baby can look pale, feel tired, sleep more than usual and/or have a decreased appetite. Often times, a baby won't have any symptoms and the deficiency will be picked up via screening labs.
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How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Many symptoms: Anemia, or low iron, can cause your infant to be pale, irritable, more tired than normal, weak or have rapid heart rate or fast breathing. It can usually be prevented with a proper diet, which in a breast fed infant means using a multi-vitamin with iron daily. Formula fed infants should only receive iron fortified formula. Pediatricians test for anemia between 9-12 months, and if concerns arise.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If hemochromatosis is a genetic disease, should other family members be tested? Which ones and when?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Hemochromatosis is the most common of genetic diseases. It can have variable penitrance and manifest briskly or insiduoulsy. It is usually not manifest until the 4th or 5th decade of life and usually in males since women lose blood/iron with menses. A blood test can be done to diagnose and for genetics. Counsel with your pcp, hematologist or geneticist. Great sources on the web. I have it!
A 21-year-old member asked:

I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Several months: Iron replacements for anemia may take several months to get your iron level back to normal. Too rapid a replacement may give you GI side effects like constipation or liver irritation. Take oral iron with vitamin c to help with absorption without a heavy meal.
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Please tell me what it is I can do to raise my hemagloblin, other than taking iron tablets?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Find the cause: Low hemoglobin is not always due to iron deficiency, your doctor has to find the cause of the low hemoglobin and treat it if possible.

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