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How Does Too Much Iron Affect The Body
You can't tell: Unless you do some blood testing. But i would advise it only under the appropriate circumstances. ...Read more
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
Can you determine if you have too much iron in your body by your folate (folic acid) levels? My doc says its pretty much the same thing.....
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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