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What Happens Without Iron In Your Body
Anemia: Iron is a necessary element and basic building block for hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the molecule in our red blood cells that transports oxygen from our lungs to the rest of the body. Lack of iron decreases our hemoglobin causing anemia. Anemia leads to fatigue, lethargy, diminished oxygen to organs, and ultimately death if not addressed. ...Read more
Can you determine if you have too much iron in your body by your folate (folic acid) levels? My doc says its pretty much the same thing.....
Iron overload: Normally excessive dietary iron is eliminated in the stool. If a person has hemochromatosis they absorb an increased amount of iron and it builds up in internal organs like the heart, liver, and pancreas causing organ dysfunction and failure. A similar thing can happen when patients get a lot of blood transfusions (because there is iron inside the red blood cells). ...Read more
Excess iron: Although iron is needed for oxygen transport the excess of iron can cause tissue damage to organs, including the lungs, kidneys and liver. It's excess has been associated with increased risk of blood clots, strokes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Small Intestines: Many menstruating women suffer with iron deficiency anemia. This may occur due to heavier periods, poor iron intake, or both. Pregnant women need extra iron to produce a large amount of blood preparing for delivery. Iron is best absorbed on an empty stomach, and also with vitamin c supplement; acid improves absorption. Sometimes iron is difficult to tolerate, upset stomach or constipation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's stored in many : Places, ferritin is a protein that stores iron & releases it as needed, if enough is available. About 18% of dietary iron is absorbed from a carnivorous diet; about 10% from a vegetarian diet. ~ 2/3 of the body's iron is in hemoglobin to help red blood cells carry oxygen. It's also in myoglobin, to help store oxygen in muscles, & in some enzymes that help energy production in cells. ...Read more
Few things: There are some vitamins or minerals that can prevent iron absorption. Such as calcium can decrease iron absorption while vitamin c can increase iron absorption from plants. Vegetarians can have decreased iron because our bodies dont absorb their iron as well. Antacids or medications for peptic ulcers which usually contain calcium can also decrease iron absorption. See your physician for monitoring. ...Read more
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
Huh?: Relatively uncommon. Can be seen with generalized malabsorption such as celiac disease ( gluten enteropathy ) but generally this is associated with other signs of malnutrition. Iron absorption can be down if you have no stomach acid but this has not been seen with anti acid therapy. I think you should clear this up with your doctor. Iron can be taken with vit c to improve absorption. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taking iron: Multi vits with iron are the most common culprit. If that's the case stop them and retest in a month or two. Some family's have a disorder called hemochromatosis which makes your body hang on to the iron. This can be dangerous as iron is toxic to liver, joints, etc. Have it checked out. ...Read more
Other than what?: You can raise body stores of iron by eating foods rich in iron as described in this site: http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods Taking oral iron supplement is the most common way to increase body iron. Iron can also be administered by injection either intramuscular or intravenous. Blood transfusion will also add to body iron stores. ...Read more
My iron reserves are blocked; is there anything i can do to get the iron to work properly in my body?
Tough problem: Can be either the iron or the rest of the blood building system. Renal failure causes lack of kidney produced hormones to make blood. These can be replaced (EPO). Any inflammatory process causes both decreased drive to make blood and iron being blocked. It is very hard to overcome this other than working on the underly condition. ...Read more
A month ago i was informed i had no iron left in my body, how can this happen when I have been taking iron. Have also experienced breathlessness.
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