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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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What blood test shows if you have too much iron in your body?

What blood test shows if you have too much iron in your body?

No single test: Serum levels of ferritin and iron should both be done to assess body iron. There is also a genetic test for predisposition to accumulating iron in the body. ...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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Can too much iron cause petechae?

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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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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Is it possible to have too much iron in their blood?

Is it possible to have too much iron in their blood?

Many people: A genetic mutation in the gene controlling iron metabolism is one of the commonest mutations in caucasians. ...Read more

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What is the opposite of anemic (too much iron)?

What is the opposite of anemic (too much iron)?

Polycythemia: Anemia usually refers to having low level of red blood cells (RBCs). It's opposite would be polycythemia (too many RBCs). ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if i consume too much iron?

Iron Consumption: Too much iron can be very dangerous. Iron overdoses can lead to acute G.I. Bleeding and be toxic to the heart. Do not exceed the dose that was recommended by your physician. If you believe that you have acutely taken too much iron, seek emergency medical care. ...Read more

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What causes too much iron in ur blood?

What causes too much iron in ur blood?

Mostly genetics : Too much iron is called hemochromatosis which is an inherited condition. This is a dangerous condition requiring medical attention. If you suspect you have iron overload, please se your doctor. ...Read more

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Should i take zinc tablets if I have too much iron?

Should i take zinc tablets if I have too much iron?

No problem.: The sites in the small intestine that absorb zinc and iron are not identical. Taking zinc will not affect iron levels in any way. ...Read more

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Can too much iron cause hives?

Can too much iron cause hives?

Not likely: Oral supplementation of iron usually causes stomach and bowel upset if too much is taken. Since you have other allergies that are known, the hives are much more likely from something other than iron. Even antihistamines can be the cause of allergic reactions that may be severe, if one becomes sensitized to them. ...Read more

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Hi. I have too much iron in my blood and was tested, but dont have hemocromathosis. What is best for me to do ti get it in balance?

Donate blood: If you are otherwise eligible to donate blood, you should do so. You will be doing a good deed and it will lessen you iron overload. For good health - 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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Is there such thing as too much iron? My daughter is low in iron and the dr. Prescribed her meds. Plus im going to feed her lots of food with iron.

Is there such thing as too much iron? My daughter is low in iron and the dr. Prescribed her meds. Plus im going to feed her  lots of food with iron.

Yes, hemochromatosis: Hemochromatosis is a condition that occurs with iron overload. This can be genetic or due to blood transfusions or over consumptions & a hosts of other causes. Consult your daughter's dr for the proper diet. Once her iron level is restored she may not need further treatment. It may be worthwhile to find out why she's anemic. ...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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Will hemotomochrosis ( too much iron in blood) effect a mans fertility?

Possibly: Hemochromatosis can be an infiltrative disease and that's important in fertility because if the pituitary gland is infiltrated with iron it can alter the signals to the gonads (testes and ovaries). Because of this, there can be a decrease in production of either sperm or eggs and that obviously isn't good when you're talking about fertility. ...Read more

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I have been told I have too much iron but have refractive anemia. Nothing was prescribed. What should I be eating or doing?

I have been told I have too much iron but have refractive anemia. Nothing was prescribed. What should I be eating or doing?

Please ask your doct: If you have too much iron, how was that determined? There are other types of anemia--other than associated with iron deficiency. Too much iron may require special tests and treatments that are associated with decreasing the iron amount. Diet should be of decreased iron containing foods. You must follow with your hematologist--. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could too much iron make bruises easily occur?

Please tell me, could too much iron make bruises easily occur?

No: iron overload dose not cause bruises ,so you should see your doctor to have blood test to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more