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Could blood in the stool after iron-rich meals/days be a sloppy way for the hemochromatotic male to reduce iron stores?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Over the past few months, whenever I have a particularly iron-heavy meal or series of meals (oysters, beef liver, red meat in general), I'll often have a bowel movement or two with some bright red blood in the bowl.

I also get beeturia after eating beets, which is supposedly an indication of hemochromatosis. Never been tested for the latter.

Since males have no real way to rid themselves of excess iron, could intermittent rectal bleeding be a way?

Is this physiologically plausible?

If this keeps up, I'll probably go get checked out at the doctor and hopefully get the genetic test for the condition.

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on July 24, 2012
at 03:58 PM

Yeah, I was just about to say, bright red? It's usually black! Makes that even weirder...

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on July 24, 2012
at 08:10 AM

See a doctor... Read the responses, take their advice and... SEE A DOCTOR.

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on July 24, 2012
at 01:30 AM

An iron blood test is the easiest first go to test for hemochromatosis. If your iron level is normal, dont worry. And agreed blood in the stool can either be your gut being roughed up by digestive issues, or it can be something very serious. See a doctor!

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on July 24, 2012
at 01:19 AM

Get to a doctor immediately. Blood in the stool is nothing to mess with.

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on July 24, 2012
at 01:10 AM

It is never, ever a good thing to have blood in your stool. I would kindly suggest to please go to a doctor and have that checked out, ASAP. The beets are not necessarily related. It could be anything from a fissure to an ulcer to cancer. It could be nothing, but it could be something pretty terrible and I don't think it is worth the gamble.

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on July 24, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Blood in the stool is not good and I hope you can figure out why its there.
After you do, have you thought about donating blood on a regular basis? Help others AND yourself.
Awesome!!

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on July 24, 2012
at 08:24 AM

Being iron heavy is going to depress your bodies collagen formation/healing by lowering the activity of your copper containing enzymes - which could lead to a higher incidence of rectal bleeding.

It is certainly not a bodily response to needing to reduce iron levels, Its far more likely that your body would not absorb the iron leading to a dark black stool - though if this occurs is unknown to me.

If indeed you do have too much iron I would imagine you don't have anything more sinister than piles, from vascular degeneration. But none the less, colorectal cancer is the opposite end of the possible sinister spectrum.

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on July 24, 2012
at 08:09 AM

Blood in the bowl is generally not "a good thing". As others have mentioned, SEE A DOCTOR.

I suspect, due to the description, thst you have some sort of hemorrhoidic issue, as intestinal or stomach bleeding generally produces very dark stool. Regardless, get checked! The human body is optimized to keep blood inside, not excrete it.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on July 24, 2012
at 03:58 PM

Yeah, I was just about to say, bright red? It's usually black! Makes that even weirder...

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