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Depends on details: Dehydration has different meanings depending on one's perspective. Many non-dehydrated people say they are dehydrated, because equate being extra thirsty with being dehydrated. Iron levels are just numbers, several of them. They have little meaning unless a doctor sees the whole picture. That means there is no good answer here, without knowing many details of the case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but...: It depends on why you are having too much iron...You should find out the underlying disease...If it is very mild, may not need to do anything. Stop all supplements if u r taking. Donate blood regularly will lower your iron level, if you need so--in such disease as hemochromatosis etc.. Young and healthy male may have higher iron than average, females have a bit less due to monthly loss.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My iron level is 24 can I increase it with iron tablets and loads of high iron foods in a month of time ?
YES: but to raise the iron in the RED BLOOD CELLS and make more red cells if you are "anemic" requires a high BINDING CAPACITY for IRON and enough FERRITIN to CARRY the iron to the cells! Its a PART of the story and dietary intake will increase the ironlevel as long as its being absorbed! Hope this info is useful! Dr Z ...Read more
I would like to know what the high iron can do yo me though. It id not heridtary, I always had low iron before. I am not on any medications?
Recheck labs: It is very difficult for a person to have high iron if he does not take iron-containing supplements and doesn't have a hereditary or genetic disorder where his body holds onto iron inside the liver. People with that disorder get liver damage. One can recheck the tests, which is not just the iron level, but also ferritin, transferrin, and transferrin saturation. A doctor can discuss the results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Iron overload: Genetic hemochromatosis causes excess absorption of iron which builds up in internal organs like the heart, liver, and pancreas causing organ dysfunction and failure. A similar thing can happen when patients get a lot of blood transfusions (because there is iron inside the red blood cells). High iron levels can also be seen with alcohol abuse and hepatitis. Please get checked out to see what's up. ...Read more
None to many: This is usually diagnosed as hemachromatosis. It is a genetic disorder. If high enough and long enough, it can affect ones joints (pain), glandular organs, (decreased libido and diabetes), the heart (abnormal rhythms) and many other organs and symptoms. One may become "bronze colored", develop low thyroid levels and develop liver disease. It is treatable if caught early and treated aggressivel. ...Read more
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Not particularly: If you mean upper limit of normal as far as iron levels go, then you may be fine. High levels of iron in the blood can be damaging to many organs of the body. Hemachromatosis is a condition of large iron stores in the body. It is genetic. Sexual function, liver damage, severe arthritis, diabetes, heart failure and arrhythmia, thyroid disorder and many other conditions come from this. Get exam. ...Read more
Need for evaluation: Any one of these would be cause for concern and you should see your doctor for a history, physical and addtional investigation. ...Read more
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