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What causes mildly elevated iron levels in 33 year old woman?

What causes mildly elevated iron levels in 33 year old woman?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual results. Was it serum iron or ferritin and what was or were the values? 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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Is a ferritin reading of 284 very high for a 58 year old woman who used to have low iron levels?

Is  a ferritin reading of 284  very high for a 58 year old woman who used to have low iron levels?

Yes it is high: It is high as normal ferritin level in women is 12to150ng/ml.Discuss the result along with hemoglobin, and iron level etc with your doctor. ...Read more

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My HB level is currently 10.5-. As a female vegetarian who does endurance mountain biking I battle to keep iron levels constant. May I keep training?

My HB level is currently 10.5-. As a female vegetarian who does endurance mountain biking I battle to keep iron levels constant. May I keep training?

Absolutely, but....: Exercise induced anemia is part of the body's normal adaptation to endurance exercise and is expected. The challenge is to make certain that you do not also have iron deficiency anemia or some other cause. One way to tell is by showing that your HB level moves towards normal after a period of limited exercise, say a week or more. If concerned see Dr. ...Read more

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Reasons for low iron levels?

Reasons for low iron levels?

Less in or more out: Either lack of iron intake from diet (ie. Vegetarian), lack of iron absorption (ie. Celiac), or iron losses (ie. Bleeding). ...Read more

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How quick or slow do iron levels go?

How quick or slow do iron levels go?

Depends: With massive blood levels of iron may fall in a matter of hours, otherwise it days to months. ...Read more

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What is a good iron level for a woman?

What is a good iron level for a woman?

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

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