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anemia issues

Answered on October 07, 2013
Created September 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

i have had anemia all my life. i cant tolerate iron supplements, makes me ill. i have been paleo for 1 year, and now GAPS for 1 year. i love beef and eat it at least twice daily. LOVE IT and crave it. i have liver ground up with every meal of beef and have for the past year. i am wanting to tackle my anemia issues and i am getting lost.

my rbc is 6.16 x10e6/uL reference is 3.77-5.28 (high)

mcv is 67fL reference is 79-97 (low)

mch 20.8pg reference is 26.6-33 (low)

mchc 31 g/dL reference is 31.5-35.7 (low)

rdw 16.3 % reference is 12.3-15.4 (low)

hemoglobin 12.8 g/dL reference is 11.1-15.9 (normal)

ferritin 32ng/mL reference is 15-150 (low end of normal)

folate 10.1ng/mL reference says above 3.0 is normal

vit d, 25-hydroxy 32.9ng/mL reference is 30-100 (low end)

vit b12 770pg/mL reference is 211-946

thoughts on this??

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on October 05, 2013
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"Iron supplements will damage your organs." What?

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on October 07, 2013
at 12:18 PM

My thalassemia specialist strongly suggest NO supplementation for me. I guess it's different for the different types of thalassemia. But generally, this is the rule (for me, at least) "Too much iron can result in damage to the heart, liver and endocrine system, which includes glands that produce hormones that regulate processes throughout the body. The damage is characterized by excessive deposits of iron. Without adequate iron chelation therapy, almost all patients with beta-thalassemia will accumulate potentially fatal iron levels."

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on October 05, 2013
at 12:58 AM

I've had anemia for a few years now. I've gotten 19 iron infusions and 5 blood transfusions because of it. it's definitely a pain so I feel for you. I take a chewable iron supplement twice a day which helps because I usually dissolve it under my tongue. doesn't even have to go through my gut. the prescription ones didn't make me feel good. my iron levels have been pretty steady since I started it and I haven't need a transfusion in about 6 months.

the iron supplement I take is

http://www.drvita.com/p-3501-Nature's-Plus-Chewable-Iron-with-Vitamin-C-and-Herbs--90-Tablets.aspx?catargetid=1920411439&cadevice={device}&gclid=CKmYx7q-_rkCFcOh4AodIUMABA

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on October 04, 2013
at 02:27 PM

I agree with the answer. I have thalassemia minor, since birth. Your iron levels gradually decrease with aging and cannot be supplemented. Iron supplements will damage your organs. The only supplementation is natural (through food) and mostly will not help raise levels anyway.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 05, 2013
at 01:19 AM

"Iron supplements will damage your organs." What?

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on September 27, 2013
at 02:55 PM

Anemia may be due to lack of nutriments (iron, vitamin B12, and so on), but also to diseases or genetic reasons.

Many people of mediterranean origin in particular, are affected by thalassemia, a mild form of anemia with a genetic origin. If that is your case (ie: "all my life"), eating tons of iron-rich food daily won't change a thing.

I suggest you ask a doctor to test you for thalassemia and other possible genetic possibilities for anemia, since your diet looks quite good.

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