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Is it excess iron intake causing my heavy periods?

Is it excess iron intake causing my heavy periods?

No: Iron supplementation will not cause a heavy period. Often periods are so heavy that they cause anemia and iron supplementation will be prescribed. You should discuss treatment options for heavy periods with your obgyn. ...Read more

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Can low iron levels cause irregular periods?

Can low iron levels cause irregular periods?

The reverse is true: Heany cycles is a common cause of iron deficient anemia in women. However, low iron will not cause the irregular cycles. Cycle timing and frequency is hormonally controlled, not influenced per se by iron levels. ...Read more

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Could low iron cause irregular periods?

Could low iron cause irregular periods?

No: Your iron level would not affect your cycles, but your cycles could easily affect your iron level. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause regular stools?

Can iron deficiency cause regular stools?

Regular: Regular means normal and thus not in any way an indication of any medical condition. ...Read more

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Could iron deficiency anemia cause missed periods?

Could iron deficiency anemia cause missed periods?

Unlikely: Iron deficiency anemia may occur due to excessive menstrual blood loss and may occasionally be associated with missed period, but if you are 4-5 days past the expected date of your period, i would recommend that you do a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Does low iron level cause late periods?

Does low iron level cause late periods?

Possibly: Depending on the severity of the iron deficiency and possible associated anemia, menstrual periods can be affected in a numbers of ways: timing, flow, clotting. ...Read more

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What is the optimal serum ferritin level for hair health? Can heavy periods and/or a vegetarian diet w/inadequate iron intake cause low ferritin level

What is the optimal serum ferritin level for hair health? Can heavy periods and/or a vegetarian diet w/inadequate iron intake cause low ferritin level

See below: Ferritin levels are not associated with hair health. Heavy periods and vegetarian diet could lead to iron deficiency, and low serum ferritin. It can be easily addressed by taking oral iron and multivitamins. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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Can iron defiency anemia lead to weight loss?

Can iron defiency anemia lead to weight loss?

Probably not: But, the cause of iron deficiency is important, and that can lead to weight loss. Please work with your doctor to determine why you are iron deficient. ...Read more

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What are pernicious anemia symptoms delayed due to high intake of supplements?

What are pernicious anemia symptoms delayed due to high intake of supplements?

Most likely.....: Folic acid, or possibly B12 in the setting of deficient but not completely absent intrinsic factor synthesis. The eqivalent of pernicious anemia can be caused by inadequate B12 intake, inadequate intrinsic factor production by parietal cells (autoimmune destruction, atrophic gastritis, etc.) or inadequate absorption at the terminal ileum (also for many reasons). Some other rare reasons as well. ...Read more

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High iron and iron saturation. Ferritin normal.can this be caused by eating too much iron rich foods? Will decreasing iron rich foods help?

High iron and iron saturation. Ferritin normal.can this be caused by eating too much iron rich foods? Will decreasing iron rich foods help?

See Doctor: It is unusual for a woman who is still in the age group having menstural periods to have a high iron and iron saturation, and also unusual for the ferritin to be completely normal range if the iron is very high. You might have an unusual disease called Hemochromatosis, which is an iron storage disease. Stop any iron or multivit+ mineral supplements and see doc. Might need phlebotomy (take blood ...Read more

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Ferritin 7, Hb 11.5, 56kg female w/heavy menses, trying to correct IDA and conceive. How many mg IV iron will cause iron overload? Thanks!

Ferritin 7, Hb 11.5, 56kg female w/heavy menses, trying to correct IDA and conceive. How many mg IV iron will cause iron overload? Thanks!

Iron: IV iron is generally given by a hematologist, a blood specialist. They can calculate how much iron you need based on your lab results. Ask your hematologist about your individual situation. ...Read more

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Iron deficient. Not anaemic. Not feeling weak, breathless or excess tiredness. Eat red meat twice pw on av. Taking iron tabs. No pains. Causes?

Iron deficient. Not anaemic. Not feeling weak, breathless or excess tiredness. Eat red meat twice pw on av. Taking iron tabs. No pains. Causes?

Intake: when you say iron deficient, what test was used to determine this? Several tests should be used when assessing for iron deficiency. Serum iron levels vary greatly day to day and not helpful. Serum transferrin, serum ferritin and total iron binding capacity more helpful. Check with your doctor to see what tests were done. That you are not anemic is good. ...Read more

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Might folic acid deficiency cause periods to stop?

It shouldn't: Folate (folic acid) deficiency is associated with anemia (low hemoglobin, which is a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen.) it is not a cause of amenorrhea. Far and away the most common cause of absent periods is pregnancy, but it can be cause by lots of other things, including hormonal imbalance. ...Read more

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My ferratin is 6, hemoglobin 10.4 and hemocrit 34. Indicates iron deficiency anemia. Cannot take supplements due to ibs. No red meat. Recommendation?

My ferratin is 6, hemoglobin 10.4 and hemocrit 34. Indicates iron deficiency anemia. Cannot take supplements due to ibs. No red meat. Recommendation?

IRON are: Oysters, kidney beans, beef liver, tofu, beef (chuck roast, lean ground beef), turkey leg, whole wheat bread, tuna, eggs, shrimp, peanut butter, leg of lamb, brown rice, raisin bran (enriched) are all sources of iron. There is also injectable iron if you truly have problems with the pills due to your ibs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it excess iron intake causing my heavy periods?

No: Iron supplementation will not cause a heavy period. Often periods are so heavy that they cause anemia and iron supplementation will be prescribed. You should discuss treatment options for heavy periods with your obgyn. ...Read more

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What is the optimal serum ferritin level for hair health? Can heavy periods and/or a vegetarian diet w/inadequate iron intake cause low ferritin level

See below: Ferritin levels are not associated with hair health. Heavy periods and vegetarian diet could lead to iron deficiency, and low serum ferritin. It can be easily addressed by taking oral iron and multivitamins. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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How can I increase my iron intake?

How can I increase my iron intake?

The easiest way: Would be to take iron supplements. Dietary iron is not easily boosted, and absorption is inefficient. ...Read more

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What groups of people would be looking to lower their iron intake?

What groups of people would be looking to lower their iron intake?

Iron overload: Folks with hereditary hemochromatosis, if not treated by phlebotomy, store too much of the iron in their food and eventually get sick and die as a result. However, dietary restriction is basically futile and having the iron removed by taking off a pint of blood every few weeks easy and works -- so well that there's no reason to forego enjoying a nice steak. ...Read more

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Is it hard to store iron intake while being hypothyroid?

Somewhat: Iron metabolism, like all other bodily processes, in impeded when your thyroid level is low. Have your doctor give you an appropriate dose of daily brand name T4 replacement, and it will fix both problems. ...Read more

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What can vegetarians do to ensure they have adequate iron intake?

What can vegetarians do to ensure they have adequate iron intake?

Spinach, tofu, beans: There are many iron rich plant based foods including beans and lentils, nuts like almonds, tofu, and spinach (less than once thought). ...Read more

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I have too much iron and am having to have therapeutic phlebotomy. What foods can I eat to avoid any more iron intake?

Don't worry: It may not be "party line", but therapeutic phlebotomy for iron overload is so powerful and effective that to stop enjoying a beef-burger or your favorite iron-enriched breakfast cereal seems silly to me. And congratulations on getting diagnosed -- this pathologist has seen too many folks die from missed hemochromatosis. It is the easist deadly disease to manage. ...Read more

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How can I incerease iron intake?

How can I incerease iron intake?

Meat, liver, tablets: Vegetarians have a lot of influence, so government guides to getting enough dietary iron are full of recommendations for stuff like spinach (only popeye can absorb the iron) and peanut butter, which is silly. If you're found to be iron deficient and it's not from diet, your physician will search for a cause of blood loss that may reveal important disease. ...Read more

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How much iron intake is too much?

How much iron intake is too much?

No perfect answer: If you're referring to oral iron, your iron level is normal and you have no underlying blood disorders like thalassemia, it's very difficult to take in too much iron. The body typically only absorbs as much iron from your diet as it needs. Persons receiving frequent transfusions or with conditions like hemochromatosis will have high iron levels, but these are uncommon. ...Read more

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Whats the best foods for getting your iron intake up?

Whats the best foods for getting your iron intake up?

Iron foods: Red meat, egg yolks, dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards), dried fruit (prunes, raisins), iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels, have to be fortified), beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver and artichokes. ...Read more

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Is there another way to get my iron intake other than taking iron tablets?

Is there another way to get my iron intake other than taking iron tablets?

Iron foods: Red meat, egg yolks, dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards), dried fruit (prunes, raisins), iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels, have to be fortified), beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver and artichokes. ...Read more

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Should i avoid mutivitamins with iron 5mg dosage for men? i have no idea what is my iron intake from food..

Should i avoid mutivitamins with iron 5mg dosage for men? i have no idea what is my iron intake from food..

Women need more iron: Women who are menstruating need more iron than men or women who don't have menses, because they are losing blood on a regular basis. Iron can also be obtained from the diet. You can keep a food journal for a week and have a dietician tell you if there's enough iron in your diet. Most menstruating women will need an iron supplement. ...Read more

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Please explain why does iron intake cure my panic attacks?

Please explain why does iron intake cure my panic attacks?

Iron Deficiency: Low serum levels of Iron & Vitamin B6 can impact both panic attacks & hyperventilation which is likely due to their necessity for serotonin production. ...Read more

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For people who has anemia, what are some high in iron foods that help iron intake?

For people who has anemia, what are some high in iron foods that help iron intake?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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I know I should increase my iron intake if I have anemia, but is there anything else i can do?

I know I should increase my iron intake if I have anemia, but is there anything else i can do?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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How many points eg on blood tests can low hemoglobin rise per week once getting adequate iron intake?

How many points eg on blood tests can low hemoglobin rise per week once getting adequate iron intake?

Variable: It varies based on the age and bone marrow response but usually it requires several week to see change. You see a rise of less than 1gram of hemoglobin per week ...Read more

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I've had a kiwi and 2 cups of tea all I have had all day and wont eat again is this bad for my iron intake i feel tired and weak BP is 100 over 60?

I've had a kiwi and 2 cups of tea all I have had all day and wont eat again is this bad for my iron intake i feel tired and weak BP is 100 over 60?

Not enough: The question is why won't you eat anything else? This is clearly not enough nourishment for a day and will not supply the necessary calories and nutrients that you need, no owned ypu feel tired and weak. If you feel that ypu have an eating disorder you need to seek help. Good luck! ...Read more

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If you cook on an iron frying pan does that increase your iron intake?

If you cook on an iron frying pan does that increase your iron intake?

It can : There are certain areas of the world where people cook on iron pots and develop a condition where they have iron overload. ...Read more

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