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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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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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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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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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Pregnant n wondering can I still eat what I want or is it possible to get too much iron by eating foods that contain iron along with taking 45mg fs?

Pregnant n wondering can I still eat what I want or is it possible to get too much iron by eating foods that contain iron along with taking 45mg fs?

No restrictions: There are really no dietary restrctions with respect to fears of iron overload. Iron is preferentially delivered to the baby. You wouldn't be able to overload on diet alone. ...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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I read consuming too much iron can cause problems(iron build up in organs etc.) is this true? I take a 65mg iron supplement daily. Should i stop?

I read consuming too much iron can cause problems(iron build up in organs etc.) is this true? I take a 65mg iron supplement daily. Should i stop?

YES!!! and YES!!!: Iron supplements should only be routinely taken by menstruating women. Iron is a pro-oxidant & increases risk of heart disease and cancer. Men who regularly donate blood have a significantly lower risk of heart disease & cancer because that is the best way to reduce your iron load. Consider donating blood to reduce your iron! see http://blog.Lef.Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood.Html. ...Read more

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