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Doctor insights on: What Happens Without Iron In Your Body

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What happens without iron in your body?

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

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What are some tried and true ways to get iron in your body?

What are some tried and true ways to get iron in your body?

Eating foods with it: Eating iron rich foods: red meat and greens are the richest sources. Other foods (cereals may have iron added) contain iron. You can also cook with an iron skillet, and get a day's requirement! ...Read more

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What blood test shows if you have too much iron in your body?

What blood test shows if you have too much iron in your body?

No single test: Serum levels of ferritin and iron should both be done to assess body iron. There is also a genetic test for predisposition to accumulating iron in the body. ...Read more

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What happens when iron gets low in body?

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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What happens if my body gets more iron than I need?

What happens if my body gets more iron than I need?

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

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What happens if my body gets more iron than it needs?

What happens if my body gets more iron than it needs?

: Hemochromatosis is the medical term for iron overload. This is a genetic condition and approximately 1 in 40 americans with norther european descent carry these genes. Iron overload can lead to diabetes, cirrhosis, impotence and liver cancer. A simple blood test can show if your iron levels are too high. ...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?

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