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Iron Level Chart
Thanks for asking!: Here we need to first clarify the following: serum iron level is usually presented in 2 types of units: either as mcg/dl (normal: 70-175 in men; 50-150 in women) or mcmol/l (normal: 12.5-31.3 in men; 8.9-26.8 in women). If serum iron level is abnormal, other iron panel parameters (ferritin, total iron binding capacity, transferrin saturation) and hemoglobin level should be evaluated. ...Read more
Pills Easiest: Iron is available otc in various strengths, usually 65 mg and one would usually take one 2 or 3 times a day. Because iron deficiency can be a sign of serious illness it is always best to be checked up by a doctor first as some folks should not take iron supplements or recieve it in different forms/strengths. Assuming no contraindication, otc iron is as good as any presc in my opinion. ...Read more
Iron Levels: A healthy person should have a normal iron serum level in the range of 60 to 170 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Iron is an essential mineral, as well as a component of the proteins are used for oxygen transportation and metabolism. Iron helps to synthesize dopamine, Epinephrine and serotonin. Iron is stored in the body for use when dietary iron intake is low. ...Read more
Range 30-150: Actual normal iron level is between 30-150, or 50-170, depending on the lab, for an average healthy woman. Men tend to have higher average because they don't incur the monthly menstrual loss (i know it is not fair :-)). This is typically not measured unless you are anemic. Usually hemoglobin is measured and normal is 12.1-15.1 for females, tad-bit higher for the guys. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Units?: If this is serum iron in micrograms per deciliter, this is extremely low and you are seriously sick. You need to find the cause of your iron deficiency (heavy monthly loss? Ill-advised vegetarianism? stomach ulcer? bowel cancer? hookworm? Many others) before it disables / kills you. I'm sorry if your physician did not emphasize the seriousness of the situation. Work with him/her on the cause & Rx ...Read more
Yes. Normal iron: Levels in an adult female are 65-165 μg/dl. For a list of other tests used to determine why your iron levels are low & your degree of iron-deficiency anemia, see http://medical-dictionary. Thefreedictionary. Com/_/dict. Aspx? Word=iron+tests. It's important to get a diagnosis to insure proper treatment. ...Read more
Iron level in man:
In an adult male, the normal range for iron (fe) is 65 - 175 µg/dl (11.7 - 31.5 µmol/l in si units [µ=micro as in µg microgram or µmol micromole].
Other factors need to be considered as well: total iron binding capacity (tibc; n=250-420 µg/dl); serum ferritin level (n=20-250 ng/ml), and transferrin saturation index (= fe/tibc x 100). ...Read more
Lots of reasons: Many acute infections raise iron-binding proteins in the blood briefly. Popping a few iron pills can do it. Hemochromatosis, anemia of chronic disease and a few others often do it as well. Remember reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside at either end. Always look at the big picture when considering labs. ...Read more
Do not change DAILY but respond SLOWLY to dietary increase in iron containing foods (consult any nutrion website) or iron supplementation (a number of OTC (over the counter) supplements are available. Remember that VITAMIN C improved the ABSORBTION of iron!
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Diet and iron pill: Sources of iron - egg yolks, 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
Serum iron level requires a laboratory test. You may also need to have your hemoglobin level checked.
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, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more
You get anemic: People who don't eat enough iron-containing foods, such as women who don't eat red meat, can have low iron and be anemic. The screening tests for iron deficiency are simple blood tests. If an adult has low iron, the doctor will usually check to see if she is losing blood in the stool (as a screening test for colon cancer), as well as look for other reasons for low iron. ...Read more
Iron deficiency: Low iron makes you tired, pale, lightheaded, and short of breath. It can cause "pica" (craving something unusual). The most common symptom is munching ice. Additional symptoms include foggy thinking, poor hair and nail growth, itching, and restless legs. Pregnant women with low iron can have children with lower iq scores than if they had adequate iron stores. ...Read more
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue, poor thinking, abnormal hair and nail growth, and pica (craving unusual things to eat). In a woman your age, it is usually due to the loss of blood (and the iron inside the red cells) with menstruation. Please see your doctor to determine whether anything else is causing your low iron levels, and to receive appropriate advice on iron supplementation. ...Read more
Yes: Many of the causes of low iron levels are treatable. Most people compensate for low iron levels without symptoms but if the cause leads to worsening levels, then investigating and treating the cause are worthwhile and sensible. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: If a man feels tired or has diminished exercise tolerance, anemia is a consideration. It needs to be investigated by a physician. Self-treatment by taking iron will simply mask the cause of iron deficiency, which especially in a man is a bleeding ulcer or stomach cancer until proved otherwise. If the guy is iron-deficiency from vegetarianism, he needs to wise up and supplement. Best wishes. ...Read more
Odd cravings or Pica: Iron deficiency may cause anemia with fatigue, coldness, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, palpitations and shortness of breath. You may also see changes in hair (color, hair loss or thinning), nails (brittleness, lines, grooves), mouth (stomatitis), tongue (glossitis) and stomach (gastric atrophy/abdominal pain). Unusual cravings (Pica) for ice, starch, clay, or other items may also occur. ...Read more
Spinach, black strap molasses, and dark greens have high iron content. If you take it with orange juice, that increases your absorption.
Taking iron supplements with oj also helps.
Red meat is the another source. ...Read more