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Doctor insights on: Iron Intake Causing Periods

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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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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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Is it hard to store iron intake while being hypothyroid?

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

Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more