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Doctor insights on: Getting Too Much Iron

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How much iron intake is too much?

How much iron intake is too much?

No perfect answer: If you're referring to oral iron, your iron level is normal and you have no underlying blood disorders like thalassemia, it's very difficult to take in too much iron. The body typically only absorbs as much iron from your diet as it needs. Persons receiving frequent transfusions or with conditions like hemochromatosis will have high iron levels, but these are uncommon. ...Read more

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Is too much potassium bad?

Is too much potassium bad?

Yes: High potassium can lead to numerous problems and could be very dangerous and life threatening. Potassium level in the body is very tightly regulated. Intake of extra dietary potassium may be excreted by the kidneys if healthy however intake of extra potassium without doctor's orders is not recommended. ...Read more

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Is having too much protein bad?

Is having too much protein bad?

Only if....: You have kidney or liver disease! athletes can safely ingest up to 0.9 gram per lb of body weight! ...Read more

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Could someone eat too much vitamin B12?

Could someone eat too much vitamin B12?

Not usually: When I read "eat too much vitamin b12", I assume you're referring to foods containing b12? Generally speaking, when people talk about B12, they are referring to supplemental vitamin b12. It is generally accepted that high doses of B12 does not pose any dangers, partly because it's a water soluble vitamin. ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much make you sick?

Can sleeping too much make you sick?

Yes: You can get bedsores, be physically deonditioned, develop pneumonia or blood clots in legs. So how long is too long for sleep? If you need a certain amount, get it but don't lay in bed longer than you have to. ...Read more

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Does eating too much meat makes your poop black? Or eating too much protein?

Does eating too much meat makes your poop black? Or eating too much protein?

It depends:: Eating red meat usually won't cause black stools. But it's possible that eating large amounts of very rare meat might contain enough blood to cause black stools. As blood travels through the GI tract it turns stool black(melena). ...Read more

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Can a child eat too much fruit and get too much sugar?

Can a child eat too much fruit and get too much sugar?

Yes: All things in moderation. Fruit is a vital part of our diet and should be consumed daily at the rate of several servings per day. It is possible to eat so much fruit that we are not hungry for other vital foods, such as vegetables, carbs, and protein. Also, excess sugars will be converted to fat. Finally, too much fruit/sugar can lead to diarrhea and affect absorption of other nutrients. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much soda affect iron levels?

Can drinking too much soda affect iron levels?

I have seen reports: that it can, although I am not sure of the mechanism, but it has to be a LOT of soda. The major problem with lots of soda is the calories, and it is a major contributor to the epidemic of overweight, obese and diabetic individuals in the US and western world. It appears to reduce iron absorption in some people. You are far better off with water which is cheaper, healthier and doesn't affect iron. ...Read more

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Could women get too much folic acid?

Could women get too much folic acid?

Generally NO but...: Folic acid as a water-soluble vitamin has no known toxicity. However, there is evidence that very high doses may interfere with the action of some seizure medicines and thus may provoke seizures in those taking certain anticonvulants. Otherwise there are no known hazards from high Folic Acid intake. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/folate. ...Read more

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What if I have too much iron in blood from too many pills?

What if I have too much iron in blood from too  many pills?

Iron overload: It is uncommon for iron overload to occur as a result of "too many pills". More likely etiologies are congenital disorders such as hemochromatosis or repetitive blood transfusions. It is important for you to be seen by a hematologist to determine how severe your iron overload is, what the etiology is, and what's the best treatment. ...Read more

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How much sugar is too much in pregnancy?

How much sugar is too much in pregnancy?

Difficult: This is a difficult question to answer because many don't know that items such as ketchup and salad dressing have sugar in it, thus saying limiting sugar to 2 teaspoons a day doesn't help unless measuring out for coffee, etc. Fruit has sugar in it, but we recommend fruit and vegetables in pregnancy. Eating healthy foods is best choice, and get screened for diabetes by obstetrician. Exercise, too! ...Read more

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How much vitamins and minerals is too much each day?

How much vitamins and minerals is too much each day?

Depends: Depends on the vitamin, mineral, age and sex of the individual. Different needs at different stages of growth and life.. Some minerals and vitamins can be toxic-not just fat soluble vitamins like a and d, but also e.g. B6 (water soluble) which can cause nerve damage in excess (or deficiency). ...Read more

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Does drinking too much milk make you sick?

Does drinking too much milk make you sick?

Yes: Excessive ingestion of milk can cause gastrointestinal upset (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) and metabolic disturbances. ...Read more

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Will drinking too much iron pills make you get an uti?

Will drinking too much iron pills make you get an uti?

Iron medication: Iron does not cause urinary infections. However, if you have symptoms you think are due to a bladder issue, such as an infection, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can too much fiber make you dehydrated?

Can too much fiber make you dehydrated?

Diarrhea: If the fiber intake leads to diarrhea, that can lead to dehydration if you dont keep up with the fluid losses. Most fiber, does not lead to diarrhea and or dehydration. Insoluble fiber is more likely to increase the transit of stool, where as soluble fiber as in oatmeal is more likely to sop up water and decrease the transit of stool. ...Read more

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Can you get dizzy from eating too much candy?

Can you get dizzy from eating too much candy?

Yes: Especially if you have impaired glucose tolerance (eg prediabetes) or diabetes. ...Read more

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