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How can you rid the body of excess iron?

How can you rid the body of excess iron?

Phlebotomy: For hemochromatosis (an inherited iron overload condition), treatment includes phlebotomy (removing blood in the same way as donating blood). This, of course, must be done under medical supervision. An option for those with iron overload due to multiple blood transfusions is the medication deferasirox, a chelating agent. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be done to treat or prevent iron overload?

Is there anything that can be done to treat or prevent iron overload?

Yes: The most common reason for iron overload is due to chronic transfusion. If the underlying condition improves, iron can be removed by bleeding the patient (phlebotomy). There are also oral medications that chelate (bind and lead to excretion of) iron. Prevention will be dependent on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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How does the body get rid of excess iron? I'm pregnant and prenatal vitamin has 150% iron per pill. Seems like too much?

How does the body get rid of excess iron? I'm pregnant and prenatal vitamin has 150% iron per pill. Seems like too much?

Pregnancy & menses: One way the body gets rid of excess iron is to use it for your baby so pregnant women need extra iron for their baby's health. Once you give birth and resume menstruation you'll lose iron with every menstrual period. 150% iron is not too much; our bodies don't absorb iron all that well so not all of it is getting into your body. I recommend this for all expecting moms: http://tinyurl.com/jjpyrg8 ...Read more

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Does excess iron cause diabetes?

Does excess iron cause diabetes?

Yes!: Iron overload as in hereditary hemochromatosis or repeated transfusions can cause secondary diabetes due to pacreatic islet beta cell failure. ...Read more

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Why does excess iron cause constipation?

Why does excess iron cause constipation?

SLOWING DOWN BOWELS: Iron slows down digestive system.Slow release iron is slowly absorbed and less constipating. Fast absorbing iron supplement causes more constipation but quickly absorbed. ...Read more

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Does excess iron in an infant's diet cause constipation?

Does excess iron in an infant's diet cause constipation?

Yes: Iron is a binding substances for infants. Try reducing the amount and speaking to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Could excess iron levels be causing my tooth decay?

Could excess iron levels be causing my tooth decay?

Not Likely: Unless you are sucking on a sugar based source of iron, iron supplements are generally swallowed and not a source of increased decay. If you have dry mouth associated with the reason for your iron deficiency, then the dry mouth condition can increase decay. ...Read more

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Can excess iron leads to hair loss?

Can excess iron leads to hair loss?

What: What excess limit are we talking about pl be specific. .There is an entity called irom deposition in liver in porphyria. ...Read more

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Smoking for decades, dr showed me photo of autopsy, is the black specks on lungs from excess iron or something?

Smoking for decades, dr showed me photo of autopsy, is the black specks on lungs from excess iron or something?

Anthracosis: Black specs are called anthracosis. They are particles of soot, tar, and other environmental pollutants that we breathe in and are filtered out of the air by our lungs. The body cannot dissolve or absorb them, so they deposit over time. Everyone has some, but usually it is much heavier and darker in smokers. ...Read more

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Excess iron is stored in the liver and where is the bone marrow stored in?

Excess iron is stored in the liver and where is the bone marrow stored in?

Macrophages: The fixed macrophages of the marrow hold abundant iron in most overload syndromes. ...Read more