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Iron Levels In Women
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've had low iron levels due to irregular bleeding, being sleepy all the time was part of the condition, now I have everything normal and I still feel sleepy all day long, is there anything I can take to be more active? I take one a day women (multivitami
See your doctor: If everything is back to normal, you shouldn't be feeling so bad. See your doctor. ...Read more
What causes my high blood iron levels?I'm slightly above the upper limit of normal.Eat next to no meat.No iron supplements.Female.Was anemic years ago
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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