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Low ferritin symptoms?

Low ferritin symptoms?

Anemia: To have symptoms, hemoglobin should decrease which happens after ferritin has decreased. Some of the symptoms are fatigue, difficulty breathing, ringing in the ear, picca , palpitation. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Ferritin (Definition)

Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...Read more


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Low ferritin dangerous?

Not immediately: Low ferritin reflects low body stores of iron and may be accompanied by anemia. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor to ascertain the cause and choose the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Low ferritin what causes it?

Iron deficiency: Ferritin is the 'storage' form or 'warehouse' of iron. If you have been told your ferritin is low, it is probably because either A) you are not eating enough iron in your diet, or B) you have some blood losses (heavy periods). Another choice might be C) disease processes with malnutrition, inadequate absorption, or utilization. You should follow through with your doctor to get this problem fixed. ...Read more

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My ferritin is 1 is this low?

Low body iron: Your ferritin level is low and indicates a lack of iron in your body which leads to iron deficiency anemia. This suggests that you have lost blood for some time-probably through monthly menstrual bleeding. Your md will advise you about looking for other causes of blood loss, taking proper iron supplements, whether you are already anemic, etc. ...Read more

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Is a ferritin level of 14 low ?

Yes that is: A low level. Generally a low ferritin is due to poor iron stores, and the most likely cause is blood loss -- usually chronic in nature. ...Read more

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Causes for low ferritin levels in males?

Causes for low ferritin levels in males?

Need to see your : Doctor. Low ferritin levels mean reduced iron stores, usually due to blood loss. In a male this requires investigation for source of blood loss. ...Read more

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What could be wrong if you have low ferritin levels?

Iron deficiency: This usually means you're short on iron stores. Are you a non-supplementing vegetarian? Please get with a scientific practitioner who can guide you. Are you a woman with heavy monthly loss or who's had numerous pregnancies? Are you perhaps losing blood into your gut from an ulcer or cancer? There are many possibilities. Your physician is your guide. ...Read more

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What can cause low ferritin ? Is 9 low ! Female aged 35?

What can cause low ferritin ? Is 9 low ! Female aged 35?

Iron deficiency: What is your age 35 or 67? It matters very much. Iron deficiency in a post-menopausal female warrants excluding a hidden cause of bleeding, such as in the intestine. It is imperative that you see your doctor for an in-person evaluation and a colonoscopy may be warranted. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/causes/CON-2001932s ...Read more

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Please explain what does it mean when you have low ferritin levels?

Low ferritin: Ferritin is the storage protein for iron. Low ferritin level usually means you have low iron or iron deficiency. Serum ferritin. ...Read more

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What to do if I have low ferritin of 4 an hb of 9 is this an issue ?

Low Ferritin Level: Both your ferritin (iron stores) and your hemoglobin are low. Have you had blood loss? Is this a new issue for you? If you do not know why your levels are low, then you need to work with a doctor to figure that out. Ferritin should be at least 40 for fatigue, and 60 if you have restless legs syndrome. ...Read more