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What Is Considered Low Iron Levels
Iron Levels: A healthy person should have a normal iron serum level in the range of 60 to 170 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Iron is an essential mineral, as well as a component of the proteins are used for oxygen transportation and metabolism. Iron helps to synthesize dopamine, Epinephrine and serotonin. Iron is stored in the body for use when dietary iron intake is low. ...Read more
Eat a healthy diet: What is your hemoglobin level? If hemoglobin is normal and ferritin is normal, there may not be anything to worry about. Eat a healthy diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils, and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise 30 minute/day for about 5 days/wk. ...Read more
Yes, in general: If the iron level is low for long enough the hemoglobin will go down. So a normal hemoglobin level tells us that there is no significan iron deficiency...Yet you can have mild iron deficit yet have a normal hemoglobin. So it does not equate with iron levels exactly but more or less...So it is good, not a perfect substitute. ...Read more
ALWAYS serious: Being "a little bit anemic" is like being "a little bit pregnant." even if the anemia is not life-threatening, it warns that you're sick and you need to find the cause. Especially, iron deficiency anemia without explanation screams out for a work-up -- "am i losing blood into my gut from an undiagnosed cancer?" you must demand your physician find the cause. ...Read more
I have low iron, iron saturation, and my RBC is high Mch is low and RDW is high. Reactive protein is 9.3?
This is serious: I am going to assume that you are iron deficient even if you have a high RBC; you may have coexisting thal minor or whatever. You need to be evaluated for possible sources of iron loss -- unless your monthly cycles are very heavy or you are a non-supplementing vegetarian, we worry about stomach ulcers, gut cancer, hookworm, more. CRP's not helpful here. The workup needs to continue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Above 4.5: In most labs, a value above 4.5 is high. However, symptoms related to low thyroid correlate much better with free T4 levels, rather than tsh. There are many people with elevated tsh, normal free t4, who feel perfectly normal (subclinical hypothyroidism). Persistently high TSH levels is indicative of a failing thyroid. ...Read more
I have low ferretin levels as well as low transferrin levels. What is causing this low transferrin levels even though my iron stores are low?
What is normal levels of oxygen in the blood? What is considered low and what is considered dangerous? Is levels in the 80s ok?
It is low: If you are asking about oxygen saturation the level should be above 90%. Normally it it is 97 - 99%. If the levels are in the low 80s - the person should be on oxygen. The oxygen saturation is obtained via external device placed on the finger or earlobe. If you obtain arterial blood and measure oxygen level - po2 the level in 80 is ok. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Iron stores: Ferritin is a measure of iron stores. Low ferritin may be associated with iron-deficiency anemia and low MCV (microcytosis). Ferritin is the best (but not perfect) measure of iron deficiency. Low ferritin without anemia does not benefit from iron replacement -- but does help for frequent blood donors. ...Read more
Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?
What is the optimal serum ferritin level for hair health? Can heavy periods and/or a vegetarian diet w/inadequate iron intake cause low ferritin level
See below: Ferritin levels are not associated with hair health. Heavy periods and vegetarian diet could lead to iron deficiency, and low serum ferritin. It can be easily addressed by taking oral iron and multivitamins. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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