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How can I not be anemic and have low iron saturation levels?

How can I not be anemic and have low iron saturation levels?

Matter of time: Low iron saturations could indicate the beginning of iron deficiency. However, the body stores quite a bit of iron in the form of ferritin, and it's not until the stores become depleted that the bone marrow starts to become unable to produce red blood cells like it's supposed to. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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My iron % saturation level is 16 lab ref (25-45) am I anemic?

Anemia: What is your hemoglobin? Anemia is diagnosed when your hemoglobin is below the normal level . The normal range will be different in male vs female. Now, anemia can be caused by so many different things- one of them is iron deficiency. Your iron saturation is lower that the normal range-that is the only thing i can say. But i dont know if you are anemic or not without knowing your hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Female with Hep C. Low C3, low Iron saturation (11%), normal Iron, high Tansferrin (3.8 g/L) high TIBC 84 umol/L. Is this simple anemia or smthg else?

Female with Hep C. Low C3, low Iron saturation (11%), normal Iron, high Tansferrin (3.8 g/L) high TIBC 84 umol/L. Is this simple anemia or smthg else?

Anemia: This sounds like the anemia of chronic disease, which would fit in a person with chronic hepatitis C. My advice is to be treated for the Hep C, which is now in many cases quite curable. Good luck. ...Read more

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My hemoglobin is 11.5 but my uibc is at 398 iron serum is 27 and iron saturation is 6! is this dangerous? Can anemia kill you?

Mild anemia: Won't kill u. Discuss with ur pcp or gyn if ur anemia is related to blood loss/ bkeeding from ur GI tract or from excessive menstrual bleed. Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-anemia-basics. ...Read more

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16 yr old female, was anemic in may with hemo 9. Hemoglobin now 13.5 but ferritin is 8, iron serum 32, iron saturation 9. Shld we supplement iron?

16 yr old female, was anemic in may with hemo 9. Hemoglobin now 13.5 but ferritin is 8, iron serum 32, iron saturation 9. Shld we supplement iron?

Yes: Iron deficiency anemia in a teenage girl can be supplemented by oral iron. She should follow up with her pediatrician to ensure an adequate diagnosis of the cause of her anemia. It could be from heavy menses, but other causes also need to be considered. ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia. Current bloodwork: Transferrin 379, iron 120, TIBC 565, iron saturation 21.2. Hgb 8.9, above results still anemia??

Yes indeed: Hemoglobin 8.9 is anemia, period. Please forgive my frankness. I hope that no one is forcing you to be a non-supplementing vegetarian. If you have blood loss, either monthly or from illness, I hope the source is discovered -- it could be ulcer, cancer, hookworm, etc. If you tolerate oral iron poorly, please consider an injectable form. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Rbc-3.37L, hemoglobin-8.9L, hematocrit-27.8L, platelet-643H, iron-11L, iron saturation-3%L. What does it mean? Anemia? Will I need iron transfusion?

Rbc-3.37L, hemoglobin-8.9L, hematocrit-27.8L, platelet-643H, iron-11L, iron saturation-3%L. What does it mean? Anemia? Will I need iron transfusion?

Not necessarily: Try taking an oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Take the iron pills with meals. If constipation happens to be an issue, take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. With respect to diet - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more