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When after giving blood does it take for your iron levels to replenish to normal?

When after giving blood does it take for your iron levels to replenish to normal?

1-2months: Donating blood entails removal of 250ml to 350ml of red blood cells. The amount of iron removed may take up to 6-8 weeks to replenish unless you are supplementing with iron in which case it will be somewhat less. ...Read more

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Results from a blood test said that I was anaemic. My iron level was 14. What's normal?

Results from a blood test said that I was anaemic. My iron level was 14. What's normal?

Anemia is Lo Hemoglo: You need to tell us about your Hemoglobin(Hb) level. That is what defines Anemia.... a level below 12 Grams in a woman equals anemia. Then you need to ask your doctor to find the cause and treat the cause, which is often excessive blood loss either thru menses or from another source. That is why you need to be checked thoroughly. Iron levels will help in defining the cause which is often Iron defi ...Read more

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If the blood test shows that the iron levels are within range, even in the normal higher area.....Does that rule out anemia?

If the blood test shows that the iron levels are within range, even in the normal higher area.....Does that rule out anemia?

Anemia: While iron deficiency is a common cause of anemia esp in menstruating women, there are many causes of anemia with normal iron levels. Ie nutritional b vitamin defiency, bone marrow issues causing decreased production of red blood cells, hemolysis or increased breakdown of red blood cells, drugs etc. Your doctor should help sort things out for you. ...Read more

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I have high triglycerides, normal cholesterol , but high iron levels in my blood. Any idea what this means?

I have high triglycerides, normal cholesterol , but high iron levels in my blood. Any idea what this means?

Blood results : The two values are probably unrelated depending on your iron level you may need to be evaluated for an iron overload condition. ...Read more

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I have high triglycerides, normal cholesterol levels, but high iron levels in my blood. Any idea what this means? Thanks!

Not enough info: The high triglyceride can be dietary but liver disease and diabetes should be excluded. The high iron is only signficant if you have evidence of hemochromatosis which causes liver disease. You need a fasting serum transferrin saturation & fasting sugar, plasma ferritin and liver function tests. Elevated iron may simply be a sign of good health. ...Read more

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I always had low iron levels and normal blood pressure since yesterday my BP is 153/123 today 153/116 is there a reason for this sudden change?

I  always had low iron levels and normal blood pressure  since yesterday my BP is 153/123 today 153/116  is there a reason for this sudden change?

See a doctor: These blood pressure readings are very high and need attention. With the information at hand we can not explain the reason for the change. Please see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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I had a blood test a few months ago and blood cell count was normal but on the lower side so my dr gave me iron tablets and now my blood tests are excellent how do i maintain good iron levels?

I had a blood test a few months ago and blood cell count was normal but on the lower side so my dr gave me iron tablets and now my blood tests are excellent how do i maintain good iron levels?

Were you anemic?: Do you have heavy periods> Were you iron deficient? Some people require iron supplements but most get by with good sources of bioavailable iron, mostly meats, unless they have a cause for iron loss, i.e. gi bleed, woman with heavy menses, exfoliative dermatitis, etc. First confirm it is indeed iron deficiency, secondly treat appropriately. ...Read more

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Had baby 17 days ago. Had curettage due to bleeding. No blood transfusion. Breastfeeding now. What should the normal iron level be?

Had baby 17 days ago. Had curettage due to bleeding. No blood transfusion. Breastfeeding now. What should the normal iron level be?

No way to tell: Without testing you there is no way to predict what your iron levels are, but it will not hurt for you to take iron supplements, or eat a lot of meat and spinach. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

D/w your doctor: How is your period? Is it heavy? What is your ferritin? Hemoglobin? You should see your doctor and discuss with your doctor about your blood work result. You are anemic and your serum iron is low. You may have an iron deficiency anemia which is related to your heavy cycle perhaps vs other kind of anemia. Wbc can be elevated in different settings-like bleeding, infection, inflammation, cancer etc. ...Read more

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