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Low Iron Levels In A Distance Runner Risks
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
if I have very low iron levels in my blood history of gastric bypass...and supplements aren't helping lunch, what would he the next best step?
Common problem: After gastric resection , due to by passing duodenum iron is not absorbed , will have low serum feritin levels , especially bigger problem in young females , need to take more oral iron , iron containg foods like liver , meats , oysters etc. Vit c found to help iron absorption , must take vitamin c with ferrous sulfate , rarely need parental adminstration of iron in severe cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was told that my iron levels in my body are really low.... If my iron levels keep going down what will happen?
Can cause anemia: Low iron relates mainly to your blood counts and how your bone marrow handles your body's need for hemoglobin. Low iron can be nutritional, because your body breaks down blood cells or because you are losing blood. The last two causes result from your body trying to avoid anemia by using iron to make more blood. Anemia and low iron need some investigation and treatment. Even if n anemia, not normal. ...Read more
No Symptoms: Low iron levels may cause no symptoms at all until the level is low enough to cause anemia. Anemia is associated with fatigue, pale lips, fast heart beat, and cold hands and feet. Most important is to figure out why iron is low. Do you need to eat more iron rich foods? Are you loosing blood? There is a great explanation at http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/ida/signs.Html. ...Read more
I have had all my tests 3 yrs ago but they keep finding my iron levels low and they keep putting me back on iron. Worried is this normal .
Fe deficiency.: By "all my tests" i assume you mean you had a thorough evaluation for blood loss including upper and lower GI examinations. If iron levels remain low despite negative exams you must be losing iron in menstruation or failing to absorb iron. The treatment would be to control menstrual losses and to supplement your iron. Your doc should have a better understanding of which problem you have. ...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
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