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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

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I have a low ferritin and normal hemoglobin. Also i have gastritis and can't take iron. How can i raise ferritin level?

I have a low ferritin and normal hemoglobin. Also i have gastritis and can't take iron. How can i raise ferritin level?

Intravenous iron: Iron can be administered intravenously and sufficient amount can be given in one sitting to correct any iron deficiency. You would need to consult your doctor for the need and advisability of this treatment. ...Read more

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What diet should I have with low iron saturation levels?

What diet should I have with low iron saturation levels?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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Can your CBC iron levels be normal but still have iron deficiency?

Can your CBC  iron levels be normal but still have iron deficiency?

Yes: You can have a red blood count in the normal range and still have iron deficiency. The clues are in the other numbers reported in a CBC or complete blood count. If iron deficient the red cells are smaller and have less hemoglobin (low MCV and mchc) the best measure of iron status is not the iron level but usually the ferritin level, the blood protein that carries iron not bound up by hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Why do I have low iron levels but a healthy haemoglobin level?

Why do I have low iron levels but a healthy haemoglobin level?

Normal: You can be low on iron but still have a normal hemoglobin. The iron level is not the best test of iron reserves. Ferritin is a better test. The gold standard is bone marrow biopsy. Not necessary here. Treating low (hypo) ferritinemia does not improve symptoms -- http://www.Biomedcentral.Com/1741-7015/10/8. ...Read more

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How can RBC be low and iron high?

Different things: "iron" is often misused as a term for "hemoglobin", sometimes even by allied health professionals who should know better. The "serum iron" actually measures how much of the element are actually available free for use. You may be low on red cells because the iron isn't usable, or the red cells are being lost or destroyed or can't be made for some reason. The situation is common. ...Read more

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I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are ok. Why?

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I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are ok. Why?

Various: Iron deficiency is only one of many factors that can cause anemia ( low level of hemoglobin/hematocrit). Deficiency in other nutrient like vit b12, folate, (folic acid) or anemia due to other chronic inflammation/disease, destruction of the red blood cells, drug induced, bone marrow failure, bleeding, other red blood cell disorders etc can cause anemia as well. See you doctor and have further evaluation. ...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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Do i need iron supplements if I have a blood ferritin level of 11.2? My regular iron levels are within range, but I'm often dizzy and sleepy.

Other data needed: Ferritin is the storage form of iron that makes sure you always have normal serum iron level as in your case. You need to look at your hemoglobin and glucose levels and several other parameters to explain your symptoms ...Read more

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My iron levels are worrying. How can I raise my ferritin levels without causing the iron to go too high?

Don't Rx a lab value: And especially, don't try to be your own physician based on things you've read on the internet. If you have a low serum ferritin, you're probably iron deficient and your first and foremost concern is why -- i.e., do you have stomach / colon cancer? Ulcer? Hookworm? Many 'healthy' / veg diets are iron deficient. Treating iron deficiency won't make you sick from 'too high iron'. ...Read more

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Can both your hemoglobin and iron serum levels have to be equally as low to be anemic?

No: Low hemoglobin equals anemia. Iron deficiency is only one cause of anemia. Folate (folic acid) and B12 defieicency can cause anemia in addition to other factors such as bone marrow failure. ...Read more

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My ferritin level is low at 29ug/L, but iron and haemoglobin levels are normal at 23umol/L and 142g/L. What could be causing this and how can I fix?

My ferritin level is low at 29ug/L, but iron and haemoglobin levels are normal at 23umol/L and 142g/L. What could be causing this and how can I fix?

Iron deficient: Your iron stores go low long before you become anemic. I hope no is forcing a non-supplementing vegetarian diet on you. You need to be checked for Blood loss in your stool and if you are a frequent blood donor, consider supplementing. Your physician can guide you further. ...Read more

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My iron levels are A8, ferrtin 50 and iron saturation is low as well. i regularly take iron but it is not absorbing?

My iron levels are A8, ferrtin 50 and iron saturation is low as well. i regularly take iron but it is not absorbing?

Ferritin is OK.: A ferritin of 50 is normal, although your body's low iron saturation means you are using up the iron as quickly as you take it. So you may need to take a higher dose of iron. Taking iron several times a day with orange juice (or another form of acidic beverage) may help. ...Read more

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Can a low iron level cause you to be dizzy?

Can a low iron level cause you to be dizzy?

Low Iron Dizziness: Low iron may be associated with a low red blood cell count -- iron-deficiency anemia. Anemia may present with dizziness. Go see your primary healthcare provider for a history and examination. Drink plenty of fluids in the meantime. ...Read more

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If your iton level is 22 but feretin level is normal, are you still considered to have low iron and feel the symtoms of low iron.

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If your iton level is 22 but feretin level is normal, are you still considered to have low iron and feel the symtoms of low iron.

Iron panel: I encourage you to discuss the blood work result with your doctor. To answer your question completely- i want to know how normal is your ferritin and what is the iron saturation. If the ferritin is above 50 and the iron saturation is completely normal- then no, you do not have low iron and subsequently your fatigue is likely due to some other problems- but not related to the iron. ...Read more

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If my RBC is slightly elevated, hemoglobin and hemocrit are normal with low ferritin, would I be considered anemic? My dr wants to start supplements.

If my RBC is slightly elevated, hemoglobin and hemocrit are normal with low ferritin,  would I be considered anemic? My dr wants to start supplements.

Iron Deficiency : What is your serum iron and iron binding capacity ? If your iron is low and iron binding capacity is high , then you have iron deficiency and you need to be on iron supplement . Also how did they describe the morphology of your red cell ? Did they say they are pale and lack iron check with your doctor . If you have to start take a Gluconate supp with Vit C . Good luck . ...Read more

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Can low ferritin alone cause symptoms? I've very low ferritin but my haemoglobin, saturation and iron are all normal. I'm always tired. 20weeks preg.

No: Hello- being pregnant can make you feel tired even if it didn't happen with previous pregnancies. The low ferritin by itself should not cause symptoms. Make sure your prenatal vitamin has iron (i've noticed some of the gummy ones may not) and have your doctor rule-out another cause of your fatigue if it is severe or worsens. ...Read more

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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

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

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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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Low iron saturation=10, and fatigue. Other iron workup and rbc is normal. Is this anemia ?

No but iron defic: You are iron deficient but not anemic per your information. Iron deficiency can and does occur without anemia. Iron deficiency without anemia can cause symptoms including fatigue. ...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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Iron saturation= 10.5%. No anemia. Dr. told me to take over counter iron supplements, freq. unspecified. Is 1 a wk good to not get overload ? Thanks

No: If you are having periods, you are losing iron each month and iron deficiency is not uncommon in women during their reproductive years. You should follow your doctor's prescription and take at least 120 mg of iron per day. Take the pill with meals and if constipation is an issue, take a fiber laxative. You may consult this site for info: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/oral-iron-supplementation ...Read more

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Is this iron deficiency with or without anemia? The results were confusing to me: HGB 12.5, TIBC 453, UIBC 413, Iron (serum) 40, Iron Saturation 9

Is this iron deficiency with or without anemia? The results were confusing to me: HGB 12.5, TIBC 453, UIBC 413, Iron (serum) 40, Iron Saturation 9

Results not too bad: Normal value range is: Iron: 60 to 170 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) or 10.74 to 30.43 micromoles per liter (micromol/L) Total iron binding capacity (TIBC): 240 to 450 mcg/dL or 42.96 to 80.55 micromol/L. Transferrin saturation: 20% to 50%; hemoglobin is: For men, 13.5 to 17.5 grams per deciliter. For women, 12.0 to 15.5 grams per deciliter. ...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

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Anemia found on labs. Iron serum: 21 Iron Saturation: 4, Ferritin: 3. Very heavy periods, and hadn't been taking iron. Blood transfusion needed?

How do you FEEL?: I'm glad this was recognized in time. You'll need a transfusion only if you're seriously symptomatic and can't last long enough to have your stores rebuilt by supplements. Please comply. Your best source of iron is red meat. Iron in spinach is bound to an acid that makes it not absorbable and broccoli as a wonderful source of iron is a myth made up by vegetarians. Good luck and be discerning. ...Read more

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What are the complications of having low iron saturation levels?

What are the complications of having low iron saturation levels?

Fatigue: Iron may not adequately deliver to bone marrow to produce new red blood cells. Iron may not transfer to other tissues like muscles. ...Read more

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How do I treat low iron saturation levels?

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First find out why: Low iron saturation may be evidence of iron deficiency. Low ferritin level would be more specific. If you suspect that you are iron deficient, you should work with a medical professional to find out why your are iron deficient and then to increase your knowledge about the different ways low iron levels can be replenished. ...Read more

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What diet should I have with low iron saturation levels?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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What does a low iron saturation level in the blood mean?

What does a low iron saturation level in the blood mean?

Room for iron!: Most of the body's iron is bound to that red stuff in our red blood cells, hemoglobin. The rest is bound to proteins, like the blood protein transferrin. If there are still more possible binding sites for iron on transferrin, then the iron saturation is low. This can mean that the body's storage iron is running low. It can be seen before full iron deficiency anemia develops. ...Read more

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If my hemoglobin levels are normal does it matter that my iron saturation levels are low?

If my hemoglobin levels are normal does it matter that my iron saturation levels are low?

Yes: Iron deficiency will make you feel run down well before you become anemic. Iron's also essential to your cells' doing their metabolism. Many physician's don't realize this. You may want to look at where you might be losing blood and/or your diet -- are you getting enough for your needs? ...Read more

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