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How much iron do I need every day to be healthy?

How much iron do I need every day to be healthy?

18 mg (elemental): Women (non-pregnant) 19-50 need 18 mg of elemental iron. I make the distinction because sometimes iron is "packaged" as iron sulfate or feso4 and the mg are usually about 20x more for the equivalent dose or the usual of 320 mg of feso4. The best source for all your questions on this topic is: http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/anemia.Cfm#h. ...Read more

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My grandson who is 22 months old has an iron level of 8. Just diagnosed and put on iron drops should I panic he eats nothing but seems happy and healthy. He poops only every 5-7 days since birth, doc says that's just him, but i'm worried

My grandson who is 22 months old has an iron level of 8. Just diagnosed and put on iron drops should I panic he eats nothing but seems happy and healthy. He poops only every 5-7 days since birth, doc says that's just him, but i'm worried

Iron : Iron deficiency anemia is not uncommon in toddlers. Sometimes it's because of a lack of dietary iron (red meat, leafy greens, fortified cereals) and sometimes it is because a child is drinking too much milk (a 22 month old should have no more than 20oz milk/day). I assume that the iron level of 8 that you are referring to is actually a hemoglobin level which is a red blood cell measure we use to assess iron. A normal hemoglobin level in most labs is 11-14. A level of 8 is low, but not a reason to panic if the child looks good. When we see a low hemoglobin level in a child on routine screening who is happy, healthy, and growning well, we often put them on iron supplements and recheck a level in a few months. There are various other uncommon reasons for a low hemoglobin and if the iron drops do not work, then your child's doctor may want to do additional testing. The infrequent bowel movements appear to be a separate issue and i would call the child's doctor to discuss solutions to this problem if he is having hard, dry, painful stools. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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How much iron do I need every day?

How much iron do I need every day?

It depends: This question is very complex and depends on a lot of factors. If you are healthy and not anemic, and eat a well balanced diet, you will likely get the iron you need from your diet and not require any supplemental iron. For an excellent reference that breaks down iron requirements see the nih's web page on iron information and daily intake requirements at http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/iron/#h. ...Read more

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How much iron do you need every day?

How much iron do you need every day?

Iron requirements: Vary according to age, gender, menstruating, pregnancy, lactating. See chart from the office of dietary supplements of the nih given here. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a iron pill every other day instead of everyday?

Is it okay to take a iron pill every other day instead of everyday?

See details: Ask your own doctor, not someone who does not have access to your lab data or a detailed history. ...Read more

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Im taking 325 mg of iron three times a day every day, how many months until my iron levels are back to normal.

Im taking 325 mg of iron three times a day every day, how many months until my iron levels are back to normal.

Iron deficiency: Depending on how low your iron stores were prior to treatment, it could take approximately 2 months to replenish your iron, plus or minus a few weeks. ...Read more

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Once my Iron levels are acceptable,I would like to maintain it (diet isn't enough), shall I take 100 mg every other day? Or a regular 14mg everyday?

Once my Iron levels are acceptable,I would like to maintain it (diet isn't enough), shall I take 100 mg every other day? Or a regular 14mg everyday?

And a size 14 frock?: I would neither presuppose to say what size outfit NOR what does of medications everyone would need. Both have to be measured and fitted. Iron stores measured by ferritin. Blood level of blood cells Amount of growing red cells are some but not even most of the measures one can do to assess how much iron someone needs. ...Read more