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What does a bit low serum iron and low transferrin mean in ferritin is normal?

What does a bit low serum iron and low transferrin mean in ferritin is normal?

Eat a healthy diet: What is your hemoglobin level? If hemoglobin is normal and ferritin is normal, there may not be anything to worry about. Eat a healthy diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils, and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise 30 minute/day for about 5 days/wk. ...Read more

Serum (Definition)

Serum is the component of blood that does not contain cells or clotting factors. It does contain electrolytes an ...Read more


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What is the difference between iron & ferritin? Does RBC production need iron or ferritin? Can you very very low serum iron and ferritin of 3000?

Yes: The latter suggest either a lab error, one of the obscure inborn errors of iron metabolism, or recent GI bleeding in a person with hemochromatosis. The diagnosis will need to be made by a specialist. ...Read more

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From anxiety of an illness i didn't eat much for 8months and lost over a stone in weight. I have a bit low serum iron. Is this most likely cause?

From anxiety of an illness i didn't eat much for 8months and lost over a stone in weight. I have a bit low serum iron. Is this most likely cause?

Losing 14 lbs is a: Lot. You need help to deal with your anxiety. Contact a psychologist or psychiatrist. Also get a complete physical to see whether there are physical complications. ...Read more

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Low serum iron from not eating properly over 8 months. Not anaemic. Will 20-30mg iron from food a day bring it back to normal without supplement?

Low serum iron from not eating properly over 8 months. Not anaemic. Will  20-30mg iron from food a day bring it back to normal without supplement?

Perhaps: Serum iron by itself is unreliable and is not always synonymous with iron deficiency. Would need full iron study panel to assess. Serum iron, tibc, ferritin, and % saturation. This is a start anyway. ...Read more

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Low serum iron, normal ferritin, red blood cells and hemocrit. Will 14mg iron a day raise my serum iron? It was only a little low.

Low serum iron, normal ferritin, red blood cells and hemocrit. Will 14mg iron a day raise my serum iron? It was only a little low.

Probably not: 14 mg is a very low dose because iron supplements tend to be poorly absorbed. It depends on which form of iron you use but authorities recommend 50-100 mg of elemental iron 3x/day to correct deficiencies. The best absorbed form is iron bis-glycinate but even for that form i advise 25 mg a day. ...Read more

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Ferritin, rbc, haematocrit, globin all normal but low serum iron, gp gave me ferrous fumarate, but im not anaemic?

More info needed!: Low iron level by itself does not always indicate iron deficiency. To interpret the results, we interpret it in conjunction with ferritin, TIBC and iron saturation. Low iron level can some times be seen if you have an inflammatory / infectious condition at the time of blood draw. It is very unusual to have iron deficiency in a young man as it is usually seen in young females due to menstruation. ...Read more

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Low serum iron 36 and very high ferritin level 1,171. Is this anemia of chronic disease? High liver enzymes and ALP 476. What's wrong?

Low serum iron 36 and very high ferritin level 1,171. Is this anemia of chronic disease? High liver enzymes and ALP 476. What's wrong?

Need more info: A complete history is needed! What other Med problems u have? The possibilities are many: anemia w elevated ferritin and normal MCV could be chronic disease. The elevated liver enzymes need imaging and if hep B and C were r/out, maybe a liver biopsy. Many chronic conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis,Lupus, autoimmune liver disease, may cause these findings. Did you mean Alfa fetoprotein?.see PCP ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more