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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Low Iron In Women

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What is the cause of low iron in women ?

What is the cause of low iron in women ?

Many causes.: Menstruation, gastrointestinal blood loss, and lack of iron intake are the most common causes. However, I have seen female collegiate basketball players iron deficienct secondary to extreme persiration (yes you lose some iron in in sweat). Both male and female runners (usually long distance) can experience foot strike hemolysis, thereby urinating excess iron. Many more. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of low iron levels in men?

What are the symptoms of low iron levels in men?

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

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What are some of the symptoms of low iron levels?

What are some of the symptoms of low iron levels?

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 more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of low iron levels?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of low iron levels?

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

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What. can. cause. low. iron. in. a. woman?

What. can. cause. low. iron. in. a. woman?

Mesntrual cycles etc: monthly bleeding, iron deficiency in diet, B12 deficiency, folic acid deficiency- get examined and tested. ...Read more

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My iron level is 32 I'm 20years old (female) had a daughter 8months ago should it be that low ?

My iron level is 32 I'm 20years old (female) had a daughter 8months ago should it be that low ?

See below: 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, it would be appropriate to take oral iron supplement and multivitamins to correct the deficiency. 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. ...Read more

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Is a ferritin reading of 284 very high for a 58 year old woman who used to have low iron levels?

Is  a ferritin reading of 284  very high for a 58 year old woman who used to have low iron levels?

Yes it is high: It is high as normal ferritin level in women is 12to150ng/ml.Discuss the result along with hemoglobin, and iron level etc with your doctor. ...Read more