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  • Too much iron?

    I'm wondering if I have, or am headed in the direction of having, too much iron?

    I've always been a bit mindful of my iron as my mother and another close friend have struggled with anemia most of their lives, but mine has always been good. It is tested regularly due to being a frequent blood donor. Over ten years of blood donations, it has climbed, slowly, and with ups and downs. I seem to remember hemoglobin being around 12 point something ten years ago, but have records of the last three years where it's gone from 13.5 at the lowest to 17.4 at my most recent donation.

    Is this a problem? I've looked around for info on this topic but could not find much. I do not supplement iron at all, but do eat lots of dark green stuff and cherries etc. I'm female, 26, 5'8", 130 lbs. Thanks all for your input!
    ~Ariel

    http://arielcsblog.blogspot.com/

    "To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." - Thomas Paine

  • #2
    Anyone in your family have Hemochromatosis? Is your Doctor concerned about your levels, and or have you asked them?

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    • #3
      To the best of my knowledge there is no family history of Hemochromatosis. No I haven't talked to my doctor about it, I was just looking around for general info on the topic and couldn't find much via the internet which seems odd now-a-days.
      ~Ariel

      http://arielcsblog.blogspot.com/

      "To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." - Thomas Paine

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      • #4
        Hemoglobin in the 17's in a young woman is a bit unusual; probably not a bad idea to look into hemochromatosis. Probably not dangerous yet but worth knowing. Giving blood is the treatment!

        Doc Jim
        10/2/12: 169 lbs, 37"waist
        Now: low 150's, 33" waist
        Blog: http://paleopathologist.com/

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        • #5
          In that case I'm already treating it as I've given blood pretty much every other month for years. But all that time those numbers have been climbing... I wouldn't even know what there were if I didn't give blood actually. Maybe I should invent a fake name and try to give twice as often?
          ~Ariel

          http://arielcsblog.blogspot.com/

          "To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." - Thomas Paine

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          • #6
            Im a doc and well known hypochondriac so I'd get it checked out myself. If you do have hemachromatosis it can lead to liver failure in a few decades which is no fun. There is not a fire burning here, no huge hurry though.
            10/2/12: 169 lbs, 37"waist
            Now: low 150's, 33" waist
            Blog: http://paleopathologist.com/

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            • #7
              Ok. I'll see what my doctor has to say next time I see him. Thanks!
              ~Ariel

              http://arielcsblog.blogspot.com/

              "To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." - Thomas Paine

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