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What causes low iron levels? How low are mine exactly? Iron- 22 l(range: 50-170) dibc- 424 (265-497) % saturation- 5 l(15-50) ferritin 6.6 l(6.0-137)

What causes low iron levels? How low are mine exactly?
Iron- 22 l(range: 50-170)
dibc- 424 (265-497)
% saturation- 5 l(15-50)
ferritin 6.6 l(6.0-137)

Mild to moderate iron deficiency: This kind of iron deficiency is very common in young women and can be related to heavy periods a diet rich in iron such as red meats and leaky this important plus iron supplement this could correct it if there is no acute or chronic bleeding that is undetected if you suspect a bleeding problem then please see your physician. ...Read more

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Can low iron levels cause depression?

Can low iron levels cause depression?

Not really.: Very low iron levels could lead to anemia which if severe enough could cause you to feel fatigued. You could try 325 mg iron supplement each day and see if that make you feel better. ...Read more

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Can low iron levels cause neurological symptoms?

Can low iron levels cause neurological symptoms?

Yes: You'll feel crummy if you're becoming iron deficient before you become anemic. I think it's from too little iron available for cytochromes. It's unlikely to produce focal neurologic signs, or explain your blurry vision. ...Read more

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Can low iron levels cause irregular periods?

Can low iron levels cause irregular periods?

The reverse is true: Heany cycles is a common cause of iron deficient anemia in women. However, low iron will not cause the irregular cycles. Cycle timing and frequency is hormonally controlled, not influenced per se by iron levels. ...Read more

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I constantly have low iron levels, could this cause my body to not waste the blood or iron for my period?

I constantly have low iron levels, could this cause my body to not waste the blood or iron for my period?

Yes and no: If you have low blood iron, body tries to absorb more from the intestine, but it cannot keep from losing iron in the menstrual blood. If you iron is low due to excessive menstrual blood loss, you may wish to take oral iron supplements available over the counter. ...Read more

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My low iron levels have actually gotten worse after being put on a iron/vit c regimen. Besides bleeding, what can cause and sustain such low iron?

My low iron levels have actually gotten worse after being put on a iron/vit c regimen.  Besides bleeding, what can cause and sustain such low iron?

Serious stuff: The very fact that you're a man who's iron-deficient in the first place is worrisome unless you're a non-supplementing vegetarian. You've got hookworm, a stomach ulcer, stomach or colon cancer, gluten enteropathy, whipple's, or something similarly nasty until proved otherwise. ...Read more

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Will low iron levels cause hair loss?

Will low iron levels cause hair loss?

Yes, iron deficiency: Can result in hair loss. Other common symptoms are pica (craving eating ice or dirt), headaches, fatigue and shortness of breath with exercise. An over the counter iron supplement taken every day along with Vitamin C to aid with absorption should help. Talk with your doctor to find out why you are iron deficient, and work on resolving the underlying cause as well. Best wishes to you! ...Read more