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Doctor insights on: Normal Iron Saturation Levels

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If my hemoglobin levels are normal does it matter that my iron saturation levels are low?

If my hemoglobin levels are normal does it matter that my iron saturation levels are low?

Yes: Iron deficiency will make you feel run down well before you become anemic. Iron's also essential to your cells' doing their metabolism. Many physician's don't realize this. You may want to look at where you might be losing blood and/or your diet -- are you getting enough for your needs? ...Read more

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Receive labs results today. What could it mean when I have and iron saturation of 52% and normal ferritin levels? Is that bad?

Receive labs results today. What could it mean when I have and iron saturation  of 52% and normal ferritin levels? Is that bad?

Incomplete info: 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, there is nothing wrong in the information you provided. What is your hemoglobin? For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin 13.4, Ferritin 10, Iron Saturation 9.0, Iron 40, MCH 24.8, MCHC 31.4, RDWCV 17.4. How can Hemoglobin be normal, and other levels so low?

It's early: Iron levels drop long before hemoglobin does. I'm glad you're interested in your health. Try to find out where you're losing iron (ulcer? stomach cancer? hookworm? colon cancer? 100s of other possibilities) or whether perhaps your diet is insufficient or you donate a lot of blood. Stay on top of this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Iron saturation of 4, iron level of 17, normal binding and 11.4 hemoglobin.I do take iron- assuming menstration is not allowing my body to catch up?

Iron saturation of 4, iron level of 17, normal binding and 11.4 hemoglobin.I do take iron- assuming menstration is not allowing my body to catch up?

Serious business: It's your duty, and your physician's, to determine whether your diet is iron-poor (are you a vegetarian?) and whether you have additional iron loss (bleeding ulcer, hookworm, cancer) and whether your monthly loss is excessive. ...Read more

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How do I treat low iron saturation levels?

First find out why: Low iron saturation may be evidence of iron deficiency. Low ferritin level would be more specific. If you suspect that you are iron deficient, you should work with a medical professional to find out why your are iron deficient and then to increase your knowledge about the different ways low iron levels can be replenished. ...Read more

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What do iron saturation levels of 11.1 mean?

What do iron saturation levels of 11.1 mean?

Iron deficinecy: You are iron deficient you need to have additional work up and start replacement see your primary care physician and if needed they will send you to hematologist. ...Read more

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What diet should I have with low iron saturation levels?

What diet should I have with low iron saturation levels?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my iron saturation levels are low?

What does it mean when my iron saturation levels are low?

Maybe iron deficient: Low iron saturation could indicate an overall iron deficiency, but there are other blood tests that need to be done to determine this. Most common causes for iron deficiency are poor absorption from the diet and blood loss. If left untreated, low iron can lead to anemia. ...Read more

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What are the complications of having low iron saturation levels?

What are the complications of having low iron saturation levels?

Fatigue: Iron may not adequately deliver to bone marrow to produce new red blood cells. Iron may not transfer to other tissues like muscles. ...Read more

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Can a person feel terrible due to low levels of iron saturation and d?

Can a person feel terrible due to low levels of iron saturation and d?

Low iron and anemia: Can certainly make you feel horrible. Very low vitamin d can cause some mild symptoms, but nothing like the fatigue due to iron deficiency. Luckily, both are testable and replaceable. See your doctor. ...Read more