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Iron Intake Causing Periods
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
All my friend had today a was bowl of vegetable soup with brown bread and a slice of pizza is she taking in the recommende daily 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
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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