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How possible is it to have low iron despite having good rbc?

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Dr. Richard Mcgee
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Yes

By good rbc i believe you mean a normal rbc/ hct/ hemoglobin with normal rbc size and population distribution numbers.
Early iron deficiency can occur with normal rbc measurements yet low or no serum iron or storage iron which is what is measured by serum iron levels.

In brief: Yes

By good rbc i believe you mean a normal rbc/ hct/ hemoglobin with normal rbc size and population distribution numbers.
Early iron deficiency can occur with normal rbc measurements yet low or no serum iron or storage iron which is what is measured by serum iron levels.
Dr. Richard Mcgee
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Early days

It is possible to be iron depleted and not be anemic, as anemia from iron deficiency follows after prolonged and very low iron stores.
Your body will compensate for the lack of iron up to a point; if you are iron deficient and not anemic, eating red meat or taking supplements generally works (unless you can not absorb iron).

In brief: Early days

It is possible to be iron depleted and not be anemic, as anemia from iron deficiency follows after prolonged and very low iron stores.
Your body will compensate for the lack of iron up to a point; if you are iron deficient and not anemic, eating red meat or taking supplements generally works (unless you can not absorb iron).
Dr. William Walsh
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