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Doctor insights on: Sudden Decrease In Ferritin

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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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Been taking iron pills for low iron and ferritin for 7 weeks. Ferritin increased but iron decreased. What could be wrong? Anything serious like cancer

Been taking iron pills for low iron and ferritin for 7 weeks. Ferritin increased but iron decreased. What could be wrong? Anything serious like cancer

Need to see actual: Values. You may not have taken enough iron to be reflected in serum iron levels. Do you have excessive menstrual bleeding? Could the low iron be due to bleeding in the stomach? If the later may be a concern, please discuss getting a fecal occult blood test with your doctor.

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How long does it take ferritin to decrease significantly if drinking 1 oz of wheatgrass juice daily?

How long does it take ferritin to decrease significantly if drinking 1 oz of wheatgrass juice daily?

Adjunct only: I understand that this is a 79 year old man with myelodysplastic syndrome who is transfusion-dependent. Despite the enormous hype for this concoction as a treatment for iron overload, I can't find a plausible mechanism and everything's anecdotal. I'd expect your experiment to be a complete failure. Your oncologist may recommend an actual iron chelator.

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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.

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What is ferritin level?

Iron stores: Serum ferritin levels reflect body stores of iron. Normal levels men 30-400, women 15-200.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What does level 1 on ferritin mean?

Iron deficiency: Ferritin level of 1.0 is abnormally low and indicates iron deficiency. Please consult your doctor to determine the cause and proper treatment. See this site for more info. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003490.htm.

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How bad is a ferritin level of 2000?

Inflammation: It is a nonspecific lab value reflecting an inflammatory process. You appear to have some inflammatory process.

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Is an hb of 9.8 and ferritin of 3 bad?

Extremely: This suggests iron deficiency anemia. The cause needs to be sought and found. If you value your life, pursue the workup. The chance of finding treatable disease and getting well again is very good.

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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.

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Is it bad if my ferritin level is only 7?

Yes!: You are iron deficient, but the more important question is why? Periods? Gastric bleeding. Poor intake of iron? See your doctor!

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I just found out my ferritin is 305ng/mg?

Ferritin: Hi ffinkelstein, In a female that is high. High ferritin levels can be associated with a number of things. The most common in young and healthy adults is inflammation and infection. There are other dz processes than can affect ferritin such as autoimmune dz, anemia, hemochromatosis, liver disease, and many others. Your doctor checked this for a reason. I would follow up him them regarding your test

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What is the function of ferritin in the body?

Ferritin=storageiron: Ferritin is a spherical protein that acts as an iron storage facility. Iron is stored inside the sphere. The storage and release of iron from ferritin enables the body to maintain adequate iron available for hemoglobin synthesis.

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Ferritin level of 59 is that good? What is ideal?

Ferritin level of 59 is that good? What is ideal?

Yes: Serum ferritin level reflects total body iron stores. Normal ferritin level for adult female ranges from 10 to 120 ng per milliliter.

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Ferritin levels drop from 260 to 86 in one month?

Still normal: Did you have any bleeding between the two tests? The level is still normal. See this site for more info. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003490.htm.