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Average Blood Iron Level
See below: Normal reference ranges are: serum iron men: 65 to 176 ?g/dl women: 50 to 170 ?g/dl newborns: 100 to 250 ?g/dl children: 50 to 120 ?g/dl tibc: 240–450 ?g/dl transferrin saturation: 20–50% ?g/dl = micrograms per deciliter. All lab results should be interpreted in the clinical context, so consult your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Iron deficiency: Iron levels are raised by eating foods rich in iron - red meat & dark green, leafy vegetables. We absorb iron better from meat sources than vegetable ones. Iron can also be increased by taking supplements. The most important issue is to determine why the iron is low to begin with - is it just inadequate consumption or is iron being lost by bleeding of some sort? Please see your md to sort this out. ...Read more
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
Why do you ask?: Serum iron can reflect simply having taken a multivitamin with iron a few hours before the blood was drawn, or being seriously sick with hemochromatosis, or a problem with the specimen being handled roughly and iron getting out of the red cells, or a few other things. "Treat the person, not the numbers" is my saying as a lab specialist. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What if you are unable to donate blood, how could I decrease the iron level of my blood through nutricion?
Why?: Women are often iron deficient during reproductive years. How do you know you have excess iron? What is your serum iron and ferritin level? You may not need to reduce you iron. It would be prudent to consult a doctor as it is not a do it yourself issue. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Hello. My husband just got his blood work back and his iron level was slightly elevated at 169 ug/dl. Is this bad & what is the significance of it?
Hi. I had my blood test recently and the iron level came with the range of 2. What does that mean? Can this cause me a further problems? Any concern?
Clarify: Is this a serum iron level substantially below the reference range? Are you also anemic? Is your total iron binding capacity up? If you are iron deficient, you must demand to know why. Are you a non-supplementing vegetarian? Do you have heavy menstrual losses? Have you been checked for a bleeding ulcer / possible cancer? The situation is VERY serious and you need to be proactive & informed. ...Read more
I tried to donate blood but I couldn't because my iron levels were 10.8 the first time and 11.1 the second time. Are iron levels of 10.8 and 11.1 low?
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