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Doctor insights on: What Does Low Iron Do To Your Body

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Iron (Definition)

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What happens when iron gets low in body?

Anemia: Your bone marrow needs iron to make red blood cells and when there is not enough iron your bone marrow cannot make enough red blood cells and you become anemic. ...Read more

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I was told that my iron levels in my body are really low.... If my iron levels keep going down what will happen?

I was told that my iron levels in my body are really low.... If my iron levels keep going down what will happen?

Can cause anemia: Low iron relates mainly to your blood counts and how your bone marrow handles your body's need for hemoglobin. Low iron can be nutritional, because your body breaks down blood cells or because you are losing blood. The last two causes result from your body trying to avoid anemia by using iron to make more blood. Anemia and low iron need some investigation and treatment. Even if n anemia, not normal. ...Read more

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Can low levels of iron cause body aches?

Can low levels of iron cause body aches?

Possibly: Iron deficiency can cause weakness and fatigue, which can feel like body aches. Other symptoms can be pale skin, dizziness, decreased exercise tolerance and irritability. If you think this describes how you're feeling you can see your physician and they will run blood work to check for you. ...Read more

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The range of iron in body should be between 60-180, I have it as 37, is it that low to cause dizziness?

The range of iron in body should be between 60-180, I have it as 37, is it that low to cause dizziness?

That is low: But the question is how is the low iron impacting your ability to make rbcs. Lightheadedness would be related to the anemia, not the iron level per se. ...Read more

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HFE mutation with low *6.7* ferritin and 61% sat. Do I need high sats AND high ferritin for iron deposits in body? Concern for low ferritin? Thanks!

HFE mutation with low *6.7* ferritin and 61% sat. Do I need high sats AND high ferritin for iron deposits in body? Concern for low ferritin? Thanks!

Can be Iron def: Hemochromatosis results in increased iron absorption from diet. But it will not stop iron deficiency if you are losing iron/blood such as menstruation or pregnancy. Low ferritin says iron stores are low. High transferrin sat says you absorb excess iron from what you eat. Women with homozygous HC get organ damage about a decade later than men for this reason. If you are anemic take (!) iron briefly ...Read more

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What is the best food or supplements to take if you have low iron or if ur body doesn't retain iron?

What is the best food or supplements to take if you have low iron or if ur body doesn't retain iron?

First find the cause: Most important is to find out why your levels are low. For younger women, menstruation is the main reason. Low iron levels can be caused by blood loss, red blood cells not being made quickly enough, being destroyed or dying too quickly. Consult a doctor before taking supplements or making major dietary changes. Some iron-rich foods include dark green leafy vegetables, figs, dark molasses. ...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?

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