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Doctor insights on: Link Between Low Potassium Iron Deficiency

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I have palpitations blamed on iron deficiency. I don't believe they are related since the meds are helping every other symptom. Low potassium possible?

I have palpitations blamed on iron deficiency. I don't believe they are related since the meds are helping every other symptom. Low potassium possible?

Anemia: Anemia may cause rapid heart beat, and iron deficiency may cause anemia, but iron deficiency itself does not affect the heart rate. Low potassium is very unlikely to be the cause of your symptom. ...Read more

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What causes Iron Deficency 10, Low Potassium 3.0, and Vitamin D Deficency 24....?

What causes Iron Deficency 10, Low Potassium 3.0, and Vitamin D Deficency 24....?

Abnormalities: Low blood iron levels are usually due to loss of blood rather than dietary deficiencies. In women past or present menstrual bleeding is the commonest cause. Low potassium, if not due to diuretic medications or steroids, may occur with vomiting or diarrhea, and less likely rare glandular problems. Low vit D is due to low calcium intake and lack of Sun exposure.YOur physician knows you best, however. ...Read more

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What is the best supplement to take for low iron deficiency?

What is the best supplement to take for low iron deficiency?

Any iron: There are different types of iron supplements on the market. Some may cause constipation so you might need to try a few before finding one that works best for you. Iron bi-glycinate is a highly absorbable iron that works well, especially when taken with vitamin c. Check with your doctor to find out how much iron you need. ...Read more

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What are the causes for a child to have low HGB besides iron deficiency? Thanks!

What are the causes for a child to have low HGB besides iron deficiency? Thanks!

Anemia causes: Anemia may be due to other nutritional deficiencies, e.g., folic acid, B12 or due to malabsorption. It may also be due to defects in bone marrow resulting on low production of red cells. It may be due to blood loss, usually in intestine or due to increased destruction of red cells by hemolysis. You may consult this site for info.
http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2010/0615/p1462.html ...Read more

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My ferritin level (15) dropped low (from 152) and tibc (471) is high, but iron is normal (71) and hgb remains slightly high (17.5). Iron deficiency?

My ferritin level (15) dropped low (from 152) and tibc (471) is high, but iron is normal (71) and hgb remains slightly high (17.5). Iron deficiency?

No: Your hemoglobin is high not low that is the most probalbe reason your ferritin is low I simply would check my hemoglobin and the other tests in 6 12 monthst. ...Read more

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Docs, could a low iron deficiency affect a womans menstral cycle?

Docs, could a low iron deficiency affect a womans menstral cycle?

Could: Anemia can affect menstrual cycle and excessive menstrual bleeding is a common cause of anemia in women.
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.
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Recent labs showed high platelets high iron high tibc low normal ferritin level of 12 is this iron deficiency?

Recent labs showed high platelets high iron high tibc low normal ferritin level of 12 is this iron deficiency?

Likely: The best test for iron deficiency anemia (ida) is ferritin. Sometimes when there is inflammation (an possible associated anemia of chronic disease/inflammation, the ferritin may increase as an acute phase reactant). The "gold standard" for diagnosis is a bone marrow biopsy, but rarely needed. High platelets are also associated with ida. Treatment should improve platelets and ferritin. ...Read more

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Recent labs showed high platelets (416), high iron (148), high tibc (475), but a low normal ferritin level (12). Is this iron deficiency?

Recent labs showed high platelets (416), high iron (148), high tibc (475), but a low normal ferritin level (12). Is this iron deficiency?

Suspect so: If the serum iron is in micrograms/dl, then this is not high but within the normal range, as it can be in iron deficiency in which the patient has perhaps taken an iron tablet or eaten steak recently. If the units for TIBC are micrograms/dl, then TIBC is distinctly high and this speaks for iron deficiency in any case. Don't treat iron deficiency without seeking a cause. ...Read more

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What foods are high in iron for low iron deficiency?

What foods are high in iron for low iron deficiency?

A lot actually: Here is a list of the top 10 iron rich doods by Kathleen Zelmam. Please click on the provided links:

Www. Webmd. Com/diet/features/top-10-iron-rich-foods

Www. Redcrossblood. Org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness/ ...Read more

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4 yo has a slightly low hgb. It is 11.2. His hct is normal. Should I be concerned there is an underlying problem other than iron deficiency?

4 yo has a slightly low hgb. It is 11.2. His hct is normal. Should I be concerned there is an underlying problem other than iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency: In pediatrics we are taught the first 3 causes of anemia are "iron deficiency, iron deficiency, iron deficiency". Typically you treat for iron deficiency, and pt takes 3 months of supplemental iron and then you recheck hgb and hematocrit to see if it corrected. If it did not and pt actually took the iron as directed then you would look for a different cause. ...Read more

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Why MCHC is low in iron deficiency anemia but normal in pernicious anemia?

Why MCHC is low in iron deficiency anemia but normal in pernicious anemia?

MCHC: MCHC=mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration
This value is a calculated value of hemoglobin per red cell. In iron deficiency the body has difficulty making enough hemoglobin, and the resultant cells are both small and low on hgb. The defect with PA is not with hgb synthesis but with cell replication and nuclear maturation, so the amount of hgb/cell is unaffected. ...Read more

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Low MPV 6.8 norm=7.9 -hematologist said its OK! Platelets are NML 219. What cause this- Go to hematologist for iron deficiency. Have a head cold,

Not a problem: Some folks just have small platelets. Please work with your hematologist to find and address the cause (s) of your iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency start from the blood and not stores, in my blood works HGB, RBC fine every time only iron was always low, how???

Can iron deficiency start from the blood and not stores, in my blood works HGB, RBC fine every time only iron was always low, how???

Of course: Iron deficiency is present and you can feel crummy long before you become anemic. Now, why are you iron deficient? I hope you are not a non-supplementing vegetarian. If so, please reconsider. Your physician will check you for possible sources of blood loss. If you have some other illness that might make your iron low, such as arthritis, this may explain it. ...Read more

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34 F. Had CBC May last year and levels normal. Iron test Nov '14 and low iron (5 or 6). Taking iron tabs. Iron deficiency normal? No fam hx cancers

Iron deficiency: Can be due to a number of causes. In a young woman like yourself, we might consider heavy periods and a low iron diet to cause it. Otherwise, your doctor might want to do some testing to look for occult bleeding (in the stools), etc. ...Read more

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What will happen if someone with iron deficiency anemia lets their iron level get extremely low?

Low blood counts: In most people, iron is "lost" very slowly over time. In some patients, iron levels drop, due to bleeding, menstruation, or lack of absorption. In that case, anemia can soon follow, unless iron supplements are given.

Pica is another consequence of low iron. Pica is the craving of inedible substances, such as ice or dirt. ...Read more

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Can low MCH and MCHC only caused by iron deficiency or can there be any other reasons behind it, e.g. vitamin deficiency?

Low MCHC: Aa30, MCHC being low is caused overwhelmingly by low iron and thus hemoglobin molecules per cell, however extremely rare hemoglobin mutations in predominately the alpha chain of hemoglobin protein which weakens the affinity for the Fe (iron) molecule to O2 can also cause low MCHC. We call these low affinity hemoglobinopathies and alpha chain thalassemias. Dr Hilliard ...Read more

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Tested very low iron, 1/3 the bottom of normal range but hemaglobin, hematocrit&Transferrin are fine. Non-Anemic iron deficiency... symptoms, worrries?

Why low iron?: Iron deficiency in an adult male needs to be investigated to find the cause. It may be poor nutrition or loss of blood, usually in the intestine. Please discuss the issue with your doctor to ascertain the cause. ...Read more

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Can mild/moderate anemia (iron deficiency) cause erectile/low libido problems in men?

Can mild/moderate anemia (iron deficiency) cause erectile/low libido problems in men?

Not typically: Erectile dysfunction (ED) comes from any thing that can impair the blood vessels to relax appropriately. This includes medications, as well as chronic diseases like diabetes. ED is often an early indication of cardiovascular disease. Anemia would cause a decrease in oxygenation which in combination with above mentioned causes may be enough to trigger ED. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin (11.6), low mch, high rdw, low alkaline phosphates, all other values normal including rbc and b12. Possible cause? Iron deficiency?

May be: 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, iron deficiency is not uncommon in women in their reproductive years. It would be safe to take oral iron and multivitamin supplements and recheck hemoglobin at your next visit to your doctor.
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.
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My doctor told me my blood test showed I have low level of iron and I need supplements I'm kinda scared is iron deficiency very bad/dangerous? I'm 19

Extremely: Even before you become anemic, iron deficiency will slow you down at work and play. You need to find why you're anemic -- non-meat-eaters often need to supplement or choose fortified foods, and as a woman you must replace your monthly loss; you may also have bleeding from undiscovered disease. Iron deficiency is a major global cause of ill-health. Please do right by your body, and don't hesitate. ...Read more

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I eat ice a lot. Doctor said that I have low red blood counts. Can I just keep on eating ice but take supplement for iron deficiency? Would that works?

I eat ice a lot. Doctor said that I have low red blood counts. Can I just keep on eating ice but take supplement for iron deficiency? Would that works?

Enjoy your ice: People who are iron-deficient tend to like to eat ice. I was skeptical until I discovered myself developing a sudden fondness for ice-eating, checked my labs and found that over-zealous blood bank deposits had depleted me. You need to take your iron supplements and you need to find out why you're iron deficient. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have pernicious anemia & iron deficiency anemia (severe) of Unknown origin. My hemoglobin has always been stable (low normal) but has dropped twice?

I have pernicious anemia & iron deficiency anemia (severe) of Unknown origin. My hemoglobin has always been stable (low normal) but has dropped twice?

Pernicious anemia,: How was your pernicious Anemia diagnosed? Are you on B12 injections? Are you receiving Folic acid tabs? If you are not receiving replacement therapy for both, you need to see a blood specialist for eval & treatment.
A far as you Hgb dropping twice, there is a source of blood loss, from your GI tract (stomach or colon). you need EGD & colonoscopy to look for blood loss.
Take care ...Read more

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I have low ferritin and high mpv if this is iron deficiency could it be from giving birth, I gave birth 2 months ago & also had D&C to remove placenta?

Need more info: What is your hemoglobin level? Low ferrtin suggests low iron stores. You should consult your doctor about taking oral iron and multivitamin supplement.
Wish you good health!
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.
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