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How to determine when your body have consumed too much iron?

How to determine when your body have consumed too much iron?

You can't tell: Unless you do some blood testing. But i would advise it only under the appropriate circumstances. ...Read more

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Could prior accidental poisoning cause too much iron in body?

Could prior accidental poisoning cause too much iron in body?

Iron overload: It is uncommon for iron overload to occur as a result of poisoning. More likely etiologies are congenital disorders such as hemochromatosis, repetitive blood transfusions, or a hematologic condition which prevents normal iron usage. 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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Does too much iron trigger thyroid?

Does too much iron trigger thyroid?

No: No, iron in the diet will not trigger the thyroid. You may be thinking of iodine, which is needed for thyroid hormone production, but our diets are generally rich in iodine, so more of that will not usually affect the thyroid either. ...Read more

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Does too much iron in the heart cause tachycardia and hyperventilation? Or does it cause a feeling like the heart is not responding to exertion?

Does too much iron in the heart cause tachycardia and hyperventilation? Or does it cause a feeling like the heart is not responding to exertion?

Clarify: If you have any reason to believe you have hemochromatosis or friedreich's ataxia (the two "iron in the heart" diseases), or if you have heart-related symptoms, don't self-diagnose or spend time on a "pop" / internet disinformation site. Get seen. We can't diagnose or treat at a distance, much as we'd like to. These are both serious. ...Read more

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Could too much iron cause problems for me?

Could too much iron cause problems for me?

Yes : Excessive iron is toxic to the body. Humans have evolved a mechanism for transporting toxic iron around the body. Too much or too little iron not, good for, your health. Simple blood tests can determine if you have these conditions. Please see your doctor if you suspect iron problems. ...Read more

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How would i know if I have too much iron in my diet?

How would i know if I have too much iron in my diet?

You check..: Serum ferritin and iron saturation. If either or both are too high, you are getting too much iron. Too much iron, without the disease hemochromatosis, will actually decrease your iron absorption. So it is very hard to do this by diet. It is a dangerous possibility with taking excess iron containing multiple vitamins. They should be hidden from children! ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a woman loses too much iron?

Could you tell me what happens if a woman loses too much iron?

She will...: She will become anemic. Also, iron stores in muscles will become depleted (myoglobin) further worsening fatigue. Muscle cramps are also common with depleted iron, especially in the legs! ...Read more

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Can too much iron cause petechae?

Petechiae = Bleeding: Petechiae are caused by the slipping of red blood cells through small capillary vessels, broken capillaries, or the loss of platelets/clotting factors. None of these would be affected by your iron intake. ...Read more

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