Iron Deficiency Anemia

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    ErinW
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    I’m anemic. I’ve been anemic since I stopped taking a multivitamin February 2017 (omnivore;HCT dropped from ~39 to ~34). My mom and siblings are also anemic without supplementation. I have optimized my diet for iron absorption and still:.

    HGB 11.5 (low; 12.0-15.5)
    HCT 34.8 (low, 34.9-44.5)
    FERRITIN SERUM 5.7 (low, 13.0-150.0)
    IRON 20.4 (low, 37.0-145.0)
    IRON BINDING CAPACITY 299 (normal, 149-492)
    PERCENT SATURATION 7% (low, 20-50%)

    As far as I’ve found through researching this I’m at an earlier state of deficiency and these values will continue to decline, HGB and HCT being the last to decrease significantly.

    Anyone know type/quantity/frequency I should supplement? Most of my usual resources recommend avoiding iron supplements entirely.

    #13582

    Blackie
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    I’ve also struggled for years with anemia and iron deficiency. All the women in my family have. Funnily enough it was worse when I ate meat – possibly I took more notice of my minerals/vitamins when I went plant-based? In any case, I simply cannot get my levels up satisfactorily on my own, and for years relied on iron tablets. It sucked because they make you nauseous/constipated etc, and it’s actually not the optimal way to absorb iron (but when you’re deficient and not getting enough from food, what can you do right?). I ended up getting an iron infusion to bring my levels up about 6 months ago, and it was brilliant. No tablets, no constipation/nausea, nothing. Simply lie there on the table for 10 mins while they pump some iron into your blood and voila. Honestly I felt more energized and vibrant than I have felt in years in the following days/weeks, and am still reaping the benefits. Not sure if this is something you would consider. My mum recently went to the doctor and was told she was deficient and requested an infusion after hearing about my success, but was told she wasn’t really deficient enough. Basically she just said she’s not going to take iron tablets, they make her sick etc. and the doctor agreed to an infusion using half the usual amount. Maybe you could explore this option?

    #13894

    Kevin
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    Insufficient iron intake isn’t the only cause of anemia. It can be induced by B vitamin deficiency or an inadequate intake of choline, lysine, or methionine. Are you tracking what you’re eating?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2518394/

    https://jandonline.org/article/S0002-8223(10)00532-8/fulltext

    https://veganhealth.org/protein-part-2/#nitro (scroll up a bit)

    #13909

    ErinW
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    Thank you, but I’ve tracked everything and all my targets are met or surpassed :/

    #13911

    Kevin
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    Just curious, what foods are you using as your source of choline? 425mg for a 19+ year old woman seems hard to get consistently.

    #15187

    Kevin
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    I just heard that hepcidin, a protein that regulates iron, increases with iron supplementation. It’s recommended that you take iron every other day because of this. If you’ve tried everything else and you’re still anemic, it might help to try taking it every other day.

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