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Is it possible or not possible to get iron overload just from eating steak every day? Not eating liver. No iron supplements. No transfusions.

Is it possible or not possible to get iron overload just from eating steak every day? Not eating liver. No iron supplements. No transfusions.

Hereditary: Iron overload or hemochromatosis is usually a hereditary condition. It cannot be caused by eating too much steak unless you have hereditary hemochromatosis. If you are concerned, there is a sensitive and relatively inexpensive screening test for iron overload called the transferrin saturation test. Two positive test results above 60% in men or 50% in women are suggestive of hemochromatosis. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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Taking iron supplements for over a year due to anemia from periods. Had ablation in december but still taking the supplements, cause iron overload?

Taking iron supplements for over a year due to anemia  from periods.  Had ablation in december but still taking the supplements, cause iron overload?

It's a simple matter: To check one's fe studies to address issues of potential fe overload. You should see your pcp and express your concerns about your continued need for fe supplementation. I suspect, given your history, that they will want to check a CBC with red cell indices, serum fe, ferritin (best measure of fe stores) and TIBC (from which a %saturation can be calculated. Then can decide if fe is still needed. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Yes: but may wish to do in morning when up and about and eating since the pills can be irritating ...Read more

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I am supposed to take iron supplements 3x a day but I don't always eat 3 meals a day. Iron hem 9.2. Are there other ways to take in iron?

I am supposed to take iron supplements 3x a day but I don't always eat 3 meals a day. Iron hem 9.2. Are there other ways to take in iron?

Iron supplementation: You should try to eat 3 meals a day, but even if you didn't that should not stop you from taking the iron supplement as prescribed. Take it with Vit C or Vit C containing products like orange juice and avoid dairy an hour before and after taking iron. Other iron rich foods are meats, in particular liver, and dark greens ...Read more

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Do you need to take iron supplements if you taking PPIs for GERD?

No: Although there is a lot of talk about iron absorption while on PPIs on the Internet, the practical aspect of it is that the effect of PPI's on this is very minimal. There is no reason to take extra iron supplements. If you need to be on PPI's for years, it might be reasonable to check a blood count every year or so. Otherwise, you are unlikely to have problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take iron supplements bought over the counter?

Is it safe to take iron supplements bought over the counter?

Yes: My worries are: 1) why do you need extra iron at all? What's the reason? 2) over the counter iron tablets contain very little absorbable iron. More effective are prescription iron pills which often contain 10x the amount of iron per pill. Sometimes even the prescription pills are not adequate and iron needs to be given intravenously. ...Read more

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How shall an anemic feel if they forget to take iron supplements?

How long: If they miss a day or two nothing. If they stop all together they will lower their blood hemoglobin levels and begin to feel weak again. Iron only helps so much, if you have anemia you should get a real work up as to why ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more