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What will happen if someone with iron deficiency anemia lets their iron level get extremely low?

What will happen if someone with iron deficiency anemia lets their iron level get extremely low?

Low blood counts: In most people, iron is "lost" very slowly over time. In some patients, iron levels drop, due to bleeding, menstruation, or lack of absorption. In that case, anemia can soon follow, unless iron supplements are given. Pica is another consequence of low iron. Pica is the craving of inedible substances, such as ice or dirt. ...Read more

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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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Have anemia, v low iron levels & no appetite especially 4 meats. Taking ferrous gluconate w/vit C - not working. Is liver extract a good alternative?

Have anemia, v low iron levels & no appetite especially 4 meats. Taking ferrous gluconate w/vit C - not working. Is liver extract a good alternative?

VERY serious: You need to find out why you are iron deficient. You have stomach or colon cancer until proved otherwise. Stomach or duodenal ulcer is also a common cause. Grown men don't "just get" iron deficiency, especially if they aren't vegetarians. Get with a physician who will work you up aggressively. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am experiencing iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin level is a 4. Hemoglobin <11. Is it ok to take children's chewable vitamins with iron?

I am experiencing  iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin level is a 4. Hemoglobin <11. Is it ok to take children's chewable vitamins with iron?

Yes: But the dose wouldn't be enough, adult multivitamins have enough dosing and different formulations, it won't be enough even if you double up, lots of green vegetables and fruits would help, best wishes ...Read more

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Is it possible to have anemia but still have a good iron level?

Is it possible to have anemia but still have a good iron level?

Yes: Anemia means low red blood cell count, there are many causes for this, one being iron defiency...Others would include bone marrow suppression, increased destruction of red blood cells or other deficiencies in the building blocks of red blood cells (folate, vit b 12)... Etc. Various blood test can help narrow the list, see your doc or a hematologist. ...Read more

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If my iron level is 22 but my hbg is normal and im not anemic, does this still result in iron deffenciancy anemia?

No.: Iron deficiency is separate from iron deficiency anemia. If iron levels remain low enough for long enough one will develop anemia. If HGB is normal you do not have anemia and therefore do not have iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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Hi. I've read that low iron/anemia can make my eggs non-viable. Is this reversible when iron levels are increased?

Hi. I've read that low iron/anemia can make my eggs non-viable.  Is this reversible when iron levels are increased?

Unlikely: Anemia can make you weak and unwell but has no serious effects on your body functions like the issue that you have raised. That is not something I would be concerned or worried about. get a medical check up to find the cause of anemia and get it treated. You will be well soon! ...Read more

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I had blood test which shows low iron levels. Is this anemia?

I had blood test which shows low iron levels. Is this anemia?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is one type of several types of anemia. Anemia generally refers to low levels of hemoglobin/hematocrit. Iron deficiency can certainly cause this, but in and of itself, iron deficiency is not the same as anemia. ...Read more

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What can cause anemia? How is it treated? Iron level is ok. Rbc is ok. Hemoglobin is ok

What can cause anemia? How is it treated? Iron level is ok. Rbc is ok. Hemoglobin is ok

Many causes: You need to insist on a full explanation of the continuing workup. If your hemoglobin level is normal, then I am wondering how anemia was diagnosed. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. ...Read more

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If the blood test shows that the iron levels are within range, even in the normal higher area.....Does that rule out anemia?

Anemia: While iron deficiency is a common cause of anemia esp in menstruating women, there are many causes of anemia with normal iron levels. Ie nutritional b vitamin defiency, bone marrow issues causing decreased production of red blood cells, hemolysis or increased breakdown of red blood cells, drugs etc. Your doctor should help sort things out for you. ...Read more

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My iron levels came back 21 low, transferrin 352.0 normal, tibc 492.8 high , saturation 4.3 % low . Would this be normal anemia?

Iron deficiency Anem: Looks like you have iron deficiency anemia but the confirmatory test is 'ferritin' level in the blood being low. Talk to your doctor to know why you have this. You either may be bleeding from your gut or due to your menses (excess). ...Read more

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Normal iron level but I have mild anemia...what can cause the anemia and what can I do about the fatigue if I should not take additional iron?

Normal iron level but I have mild anemia...what can cause the anemia and what can I do about the fatigue if I should not take additional iron?

Energy: Good quality, 7 to 9 hour regular sleep, outdoor activity daily in the sun, aerobic 45 minute moderate exercise like swift walking and small balanced meals all increase energy. Eat food that improve iron absorption such as vitamin C in citrus fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, melons, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries. Eat high iron foods like Red meat, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, and Beans. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had been tested for anemia because of extreme tirdness but my iron levels came back fine. does a cold/flu cause inflammation?

What do you recommend if I had been tested for anemia because of extreme tirdness but my iron levels came back fine. does a cold/flu cause inflammation?

Iron and anemia: Iron is not the best test for anemia, as deficiency is just one possible (common) cause. General fatigue can be associated with the response to infections like cold or flu. Best to correlate the course of disease, symptoms and overall lab results, rather than just a few. ...Read more

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Chronic anemia problems since Nov 14. Had 12 transfusions so far. H&h normally at 6.2 & 28% every 2 weeks. Any ideas as to a cause? Iron levels normal

Chronic anemia problems since Nov 14. Had 12 transfusions so far. H&h normally at 6.2 & 28% every 2 weeks. Any ideas as to a cause? Iron levels normal

Need a workup: Look Eric. You're either hemorrhaging or hemolyzing or not producing red cells. If one of my first-year medical students was caring for you, he/she would have told me by day 2 which of the three it was, based on elementary labs. Each has several sub-possibilities. If you value your life, get with a physician who's competent and with whom you can communicate. Your not knowing is unacceptable. ...Read more

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Iron level 9, diagnosed with anemia. I have a rapid heart rate that goes to 180 when walking at a 3mph on the treadmill, is this part of my anemia?

Iron level 9, diagnosed with anemia. I have a rapid heart rate that goes to 180 when walking at a 3mph on the treadmill, is this part of my anemia?

Perhaps partially: While anemia can cause some level of tachycardia (fast heart beat), 180 is very rapid, and i would suggest further evaluation by a cardiologist if your heart rate is anywhere near this fast while at rest. If you just started exercising, this heart rate doesn't stay this elevated long and your heart is not used to this level of activity, it should start to decrease as you maintain regular exercise. ...Read more

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My iron is 69ug/l but I have all the symptoms of anemia. My b 12 is 1018pmol/l. Do my levels suggest that of low iron?

Need more info: Iron deficiency is not defined solely by a low iron, other levels are improtant. The most important is are you anemic. The MCV (mean corpuscular volume) is helpful as well. The TIBC (total iron binding capacity), ferritin are important as well. The gold standard for iron deficiency would be a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy negative for iron staining. For B12 def, you need an mma. Ask your md. ...Read more

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I was prescribed iron pills but chose to stop, is it bad to have anemia and have low levels of iron? If so, what's the worst that can happen..?

I was prescribed iron pills but chose to stop, is it bad to have anemia and have low levels of iron? If so, what's the worst that can happen..?

Iron deficiency: Low iron makes you tired, pale, lightheaded, and short of breath. It can cause 'pica' (craving something unusual). The most common symptom is munching ice. Additional symptoms include foggy thinking, poor hair and nail growth, itching, and restless legs. Pregnant women with low iron can have children with lower iq scores than if they had adequate iron stores. ...Read more

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What is the normal hemo level for women. I have anemia & taking 2 325 mg iron pills a day. My hem level was a little over 9 and i feel like passing ou?

What is the normal hemo level for women. I have anemia & taking 2 325 mg iron pills a day. My hem level was a little over 9 and i feel like passing ou?

Anemia?: Women have hemoglobin level of 12 to 14 Grams normally. You have Anemia which causes light headed feeling when you stand up from a sitting or lying position. You need to find the cause of your Anemia and treat the cause and keep your hemoglobin above 10 Gms. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more