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22 y.o. male, low ferritin level, some hypo symptoms?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM

HI,

I've had some chronic symptoms for several years that haven't been helped by dietary changes. Right now I'm eating a paleo/ray-peat style diet: grass-fed beef, beef liver, ground turkey, some seafood, eggs, grass-fed dairy, rice, fruit & veg, coconut oil, occasionally sugar if it's in tea or home-made GF-cookies.

I recently found a good doctor to work with and also a nutritionist whose looking over my blood work and making suggestions.

So here is the list of symptoms I brought to the doc:

  1. Chronic fatiuge and low energy - even after 10/11 hours of sleep
  2. Low libido/sex drive
  3. Face and hand/feet feel swollen sometimes
  4. Trouble falling asleep - insomnia
  5. Constipation, and bloating/stomach pain
  6. Dry eyes, sometimes they burn and are red
  7. Poor teeth, several (5-6) cavities coming in since last year. I've only had a few in my lifetime so far
  8. Poor skin - dry and bumpy (keratosis pilaris) *Also, I was diagnosed with Thalassemia Minor at birth (I've been told there are no symptoms though)

Besides basic blood work, he tested TSH, T3, FT4, Reverse T3, and Testosterone.

When I went back to review my results he said all my levels are within range and nothing looks abnormal. He still wants me to see an endo though b/c of my symptoms. Also, I'll need to review my results some more because I know "within range" does not mean optimal. While I was there he decided look at my iron levels. He sent my results in the mail this week and my ferritin level came back 17ng/mL with a reference range of 24-336ng/mL. So I need to go back next week. I'm guessing he'll ask me about my diet and recommend a supplement, which I'm open to taking...maybe it'll work. BUT, why would my iron levels be soo low on a paleo diet? I eat red meat, most of my food is organic, and I never limit calories.

Any thoughts on what could be causing low ferritin level?

Thanks!

**Thyroid and Testosterone Results

T3 - 1.54 ng/mL (Reference Range) 0.87-1.78

TSH - 1.71 uIU/mL (Reference Range) 0.35-5.50

FT4 - 0.86 ng/dL (Reference Range) 0.58-1.60

Reverse T3 - 26.8 ng/dL (Reference Range) 13.5-34.2

Triiodothyronine - 4.2 pg/mL (Reference Range) 2.0-4.4

Testosterone, Serum - 546 ng/d (Reference Range) 348-1197

Free Testosterone - 10.8 pg/mL (Reference Range) 9.3-26.5

TOTAL IRON BINDING CAPACITY

FE 92 ug/dL (Reference Range) 40-160

TRFN 273 mg/dL (Reference Range) 180-382

TIBC 382 ug/dL (Reference Range) 250-400

FESAT 24 % (Reference Range) 20-40

1ac8e976f84cb2566ecfbbcce1817351

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on June 27, 2012
at 01:13 AM

These are good points. I didn't realize oxalic acid found in spinach could have been blocking my absorption. I will try removing spinach, dairy and egg whites.

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Do what you have to do. However, keep in mind that an underactive thyroid may be the root cause of your digestive problems as well.

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on May 21, 2012
at 03:08 AM

folic and folate are bandied around as if they are the same thing, they are not, its folate you want not folic. Some reading; http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid and http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/03/food-fortification-a-risky-experiment/

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:09 AM

Yes I have. I just posted my results above...they're all within range. What is your diet like?

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:57 AM

I'm very open to the Ray Peat's ideas. In fact, I used to eat a fruitarian diet and besides the constant bloating, I felt heaps better than I do now on an omnivorous diet. But I suspect that I might have SIBO so I'd like to deal with that first before pounding the fruit/sugar. Honestly though, nothing is digesting properly right now.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Yea my GP recommended I take iron, but also suggested I see a hematologist. The hematologist performed several tests, including a different way of testing iron and said that my levels are completely fine and that I don't need to supplement...so I stopped. He did recommend that I take a folic acid but there seems to be a lot of controversy over it, so I'm not going to take it, at least for now. Thanks for your input!

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on May 20, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Out of curiosity have you had an iron panel? I have low ferritin but my tibc is low too!

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 19, 2012
at 03:09 AM

Thanks, I'll look out for it in stores. Doesn't look like it's readily available online.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 19, 2012
at 03:04 AM

Thanks for your input! My diet is iron sufficient (at least I think it is) so it shouldn't be a primary deficiency. So you do make a good point that it might not be wise to supplement. It seems then that I'm either bleeding internally, not absorbing it sufficiently, or it's the thalassemia minor. Hopefully the hematologist will offer some insight. In the meantime I may just try small doses of iron supplement and take note of any changes.

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on April 18, 2012
at 10:10 PM

This sounds like a hick name but "Bob's Iron Formula" is a great one- the only one I have ever taken (temporarily) that didn't give me any digestive upset whatsoever. I'd recommend looking for it.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:03 PM

No, he's allergic to fish. So he has a fish-free omega 3 supplement (if you're not allergic to fish, go for fish oil or cod liver oil).

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:50 PM

Thanks for the answer Jenny - much appreciated. The omega3 supplementation is from Fish or Cod Liver Oil I assume?

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on April 18, 2012
at 05:00 AM

I took Ioderal. I see it's on Amazon. I bought it from my NAET practitioner (who is also a chiropractor).

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on April 16, 2012
at 10:51 PM

@College for him right now, it's just all about the healing, which includes avoiding allergens, a healthy dose of bacteria everyday, and supplementing to make up for deficiencies. He actually got some B12 shots recently to get on top of it, but right now he's mostly supplementing iron (temporary), omega 3, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Plenty of rest too!

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:25 PM

Hi Sunny Beaches, I probably consume 1 cup of whole milk on average per day, along with 2Tbsp. of butter, and 2Tbsp. of cheese if I have it. Dairy has been a recent addition in the last 2 months because I felt my diet was getting too restrictive. I don't drink coffee at all and tea is very rare. As far as veggies, carrots and frozen peas are mainstays. Cucumbers sometimes. I have reduced consumption of kale, lettuce, and other greens because I don't want to overdo fiber on my GI, but still eat them occasionally.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:17 PM

November, is there a certain iodine supp you recommend? My TSH is actually up from a year ago. It was 2.51 uIU/mL, I was vegan (mostly raw) and had just finished an extended water-fast when I got the blood work done.

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

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on April 16, 2012
at 04:47 AM

I typed 'dairy inhibits' in google, and the second suggestion was 'dairy inhibits iron absorption.' I'm guessing it's pretty common. "Some ... foods that will do this are: oxalic acid found in spinach and phosphates found primarily in milk, dairy products and egg whites. Also many sodas, phytates in beans and tannins in tea and coffee can interfere with iron absorption." http://www.ivillage.com/iron-absorption/6-n-145851#ixzz1sAws0naI and vitamin c enhances iron absorption

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on April 16, 2012
at 04:44 AM

That is an awesome TSH number, Kyev. As to the others, i don't really know. You could try iodine supplements and see if it helps any of your symptoms. But it might be easiest to try SCD for at least six months or so and see if it helps.

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

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on April 16, 2012
at 04:43 AM

If it were me, I wouldn't do NAET with the intention of being able to eat peanuts. But, I believe it would be worth doing the treatment, so that anaphylaxis is less likely. I am allergic to milk (cow) and to malt; but I'm way less sensitive to them than I used to be. If I get a little by accident/on purpose, my reaction is nothing or mild. The NAET thing only takes one visit per item, unless you don't adhere to the protocol after the visit. There's a top ten list of allergens, but there are millions of potential allergies. Depends on what one might be allergic to for how much treatment

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on April 16, 2012
at 04:18 AM

Jenny, I am in the same position as your BF - underweight, celiac (known and been gluten free since september), with low testosterone as well. Any additional advice for someone in my position? The allergen avoidance is particular to your BF, correct? Also, I would highly recommend your BF take methyl b12 (specifically this form of vitamin b12). I use Jarrow's methyl b12 (this type comes highly recommended from sufferer's of b12 deficiency. It has made a big difference in my energy and mental performance.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 16, 2012
at 03:49 AM

I'll look into CTDs, thanks. A naturopath I saw a few years ago introduced me to NAET, but I haven't researched it all that much...interesting technique though. Yea I've been jumping around between SCD, Ray Peat, and paleo...I'd like to give SCD a good try though. Here are my thyroid results (and testosterone) T3 1.54 ng/mL 0.87-1.78 TSH 1.71 uIU/mL 0.35-5.50 FT4 0.86 ng/dL 0.58-1.60 Reverse T3 26.8 ng/dL 13.5-34.2 Triiodothyronine 4.2 pg/mL 2.0-4.4 Testosterone, Serum 546 ng/d 348-1197 Free Testosterone 10.8 pg/mL 9.3-26.5

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 16, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Ok, thanks for the recommendation Namby! I will look into that and ask my doc about it next week.

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on April 16, 2012
at 02:21 AM

I don't get the NAET thing- it sound like the immunotherapy my boyfriend got for his hayfever, which is supposed to take 3-5 years: why does the NAET thing only take a few visits? Also, he was told that doing the peanut allergy was way too dangerous because of his anaphylaxis, but the NAET thing says it does peanut allergies? Isn't that risky?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Yeah, the BF is also underweight! Well, that's good that you got the test, good to know either way. I agree with Namby Pamby, it may be some other autoimmune disease (apart from celiac, as that's eliminated).

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Also, what exactly were your thyroid numbers? 'normal' TSH is published as high as 5, but I was lucky and my doc said the new thinking is 'lower than two'. I think I would do better with a slightly higher dose, but they medicate to numbers rather than symptoms. So, it could be yours was at '3' which, while technically normal, might not be working for you.

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:11 AM

I would get tested for thyroid antibodies and ANA for autoimmune diseases. Your doc tested thryoid levels, not the antibodies. Also, I'd pay attention to insulin resistance, liver enzymes, and inflammation markers.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Thanks so much for sharing Jenny. It sounds like your bf and I are in the same boat. I had the Celiac Disease Comprehensive test done about a year ago and I tested negative...I'm not sure if there's more testing I should do? Still, I avoid wheat like a plague (I can't say that the very rare restaurant meals I've had are 100% gluten-free though). I definitely think there is some sort of absorption issue going on though, considering how sickly I look and feel despite eating quite healthy. I also avoid nuts, soy, and tomatoes, not dairy or citrus though. Is your bf also underweight?

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 16, 2012
at 12:39 AM

My boyfriend is right around your age, and was experiencing similar symptoms to yourself- fatigue, skin problems, low libido, and dry eyes. We finally got him tested for celiac, and he tested positive. After working with a GI doctor, it was determined that he currently has enough gut damage to inhibit the absorption of many vitamins and minerals. With the paleo/primal diet he currently has, he is working his way towards healing the damage done from years of eating gluten. In the meantime, he and his doctor are experimenting with supplementing and monitoring his response (hit or miss, with the absorption being the problem). He is currently eating liver once a week, oysters twice a week, red meat every day (or every other day), and he has been supplementing iron for one month just to get on top of the deficiency. We are also avoiding major allergens for him (nuts, dairy, tomato, citrus, soy), have been VERY VERY careful about gluten contamination, and have slowly increased the fermented food in his diet. With this healing process, he will hopefully be able to absorb everything again in the future. The GI doc gave us a ball-park of 1-2 years to recover from the damage that celiac has done on his gut.

I would ask for a test for celiac, and it sounds like you found a good doc, so they can guide you based on the results and any possible gut damage you may have incurred.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Thanks so much for sharing Jenny. It sounds like your bf and I are in the same boat. I had the Celiac Disease Comprehensive test done about a year ago and I tested negative...I'm not sure if there's more testing I should do? Still, I avoid wheat like a plague (I can't say that the very rare restaurant meals I've had are 100% gluten-free though). I definitely think there is some sort of absorption issue going on though, considering how sickly I look and feel despite eating quite healthy. I also avoid nuts, soy, and tomatoes, not dairy or citrus though. Is your bf also underweight?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Yeah, the BF is also underweight! Well, that's good that you got the test, good to know either way. I agree with Namby Pamby, it may be some other autoimmune disease (apart from celiac, as that's eliminated).

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:11 AM

I would get tested for thyroid antibodies and ANA for autoimmune diseases. Your doc tested thryoid levels, not the antibodies. Also, I'd pay attention to insulin resistance, liver enzymes, and inflammation markers.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on April 16, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Ok, thanks for the recommendation Namby! I will look into that and ask my doc about it next week.

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on April 16, 2012
at 10:51 PM

@College for him right now, it's just all about the healing, which includes avoiding allergens, a healthy dose of bacteria everyday, and supplementing to make up for deficiencies. He actually got some B12 shots recently to get on top of it, but right now he's mostly supplementing iron (temporary), omega 3, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Plenty of rest too!

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on April 16, 2012
at 04:18 AM

Jenny, I am in the same position as your BF - underweight, celiac (known and been gluten free since september), with low testosterone as well. Any additional advice for someone in my position? The allergen avoidance is particular to your BF, correct? Also, I would highly recommend your BF take methyl b12 (specifically this form of vitamin b12). I use Jarrow's methyl b12 (this type comes highly recommended from sufferer's of b12 deficiency. It has made a big difference in my energy and mental performance.

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:50 PM

Thanks for the answer Jenny - much appreciated. The omega3 supplementation is from Fish or Cod Liver Oil I assume?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:03 PM

No, he's allergic to fish. So he has a fish-free omega 3 supplement (if you're not allergic to fish, go for fish oil or cod liver oil).

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D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

on April 16, 2012
at 01:16 AM

You might ask your doc about connective tissue disorders. Those aren't necessarily symptoms, but many of my friends with CTDs have those symptoms also. My anemia was cured by removing my uterus, but that's not your problem! I had a ferritin of less than 1 at my lowest.! I really couldn't tolerate iron supplements (they can cause wretched constipation).

I am also fond of recommending NAET. It really helps with allergies and especially with weird things that maybe western medicine doesn't consider or know. www.naet.com

Also, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is all about healing the gut. Probiotics might be good for you.

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Also, what exactly were your thyroid numbers? 'normal' TSH is published as high as 5, but I was lucky and my doc said the new thinking is 'lower than two'. I think I would do better with a slightly higher dose, but they medicate to numbers rather than symptoms. So, it could be yours was at '3' which, while technically normal, might not be working for you.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 16, 2012
at 02:21 AM

I don't get the NAET thing- it sound like the immunotherapy my boyfriend got for his hayfever, which is supposed to take 3-5 years: why does the NAET thing only take a few visits? Also, he was told that doing the peanut allergy was way too dangerous because of his anaphylaxis, but the NAET thing says it does peanut allergies? Isn't that risky?

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on April 16, 2012
at 03:49 AM

I'll look into CTDs, thanks. A naturopath I saw a few years ago introduced me to NAET, but I haven't researched it all that much...interesting technique though. Yea I've been jumping around between SCD, Ray Peat, and paleo...I'd like to give SCD a good try though. Here are my thyroid results (and testosterone) T3 1.54 ng/mL 0.87-1.78 TSH 1.71 uIU/mL 0.35-5.50 FT4 0.86 ng/dL 0.58-1.60 Reverse T3 26.8 ng/dL 13.5-34.2 Triiodothyronine 4.2 pg/mL 2.0-4.4 Testosterone, Serum 546 ng/d 348-1197 Free Testosterone 10.8 pg/mL 9.3-26.5

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

(823)

on April 16, 2012
at 04:43 AM

If it were me, I wouldn't do NAET with the intention of being able to eat peanuts. But, I believe it would be worth doing the treatment, so that anaphylaxis is less likely. I am allergic to milk (cow) and to malt; but I'm way less sensitive to them than I used to be. If I get a little by accident/on purpose, my reaction is nothing or mild. The NAET thing only takes one visit per item, unless you don't adhere to the protocol after the visit. There's a top ten list of allergens, but there are millions of potential allergies. Depends on what one might be allergic to for how much treatment

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

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on April 16, 2012
at 04:44 AM

That is an awesome TSH number, Kyev. As to the others, i don't really know. You could try iodine supplements and see if it helps any of your symptoms. But it might be easiest to try SCD for at least six months or so and see if it helps.

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

(823)

on April 18, 2012
at 05:00 AM

I took Ioderal. I see it's on Amazon. I bought it from my NAET practitioner (who is also a chiropractor).

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on April 16, 2012
at 01:17 PM

November, is there a certain iodine supp you recommend? My TSH is actually up from a year ago. It was 2.51 uIU/mL, I was vegan (mostly raw) and had just finished an extended water-fast when I got the blood work done.

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on April 18, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Small update:

I went to the doctor today and he prescribed me iron and folic acid(1mg/day). I couldn't read his notes on how much iron to take, but I will go with whatever is recommended on the label. I was thinking of going with the Floradix brand of iron b/c it seems to have good reviews. Is anyone else familiar with it? And as for the folic acid, somehow I'm remembering not good things about it, maybe from Chris Kresser? I'll have to do some research on it.

I also asked my doctor if he could test thyroid antibodies and ANA for autoimmune disease, which he was very willing to do. I'll probably get those results next week.

And lastly, he referred me to a hematologist because he thinks my Thalassemia minor might be causing low iron, even though traditionally no treatment is necessary.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 18, 2012
at 10:10 PM

This sounds like a hick name but "Bob's Iron Formula" is a great one- the only one I have ever taken (temporarily) that didn't give me any digestive upset whatsoever. I'd recommend looking for it.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 19, 2012
at 03:09 AM

Thanks, I'll look out for it in stores. Doesn't look like it's readily available online.

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on May 20, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Eat more sugar. Hypothyroid gone.

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Do what you have to do. However, keep in mind that an underactive thyroid may be the root cause of your digestive problems as well.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:57 AM

I'm very open to the Ray Peat's ideas. In fact, I used to eat a fruitarian diet and besides the constant bloating, I felt heaps better than I do now on an omnivorous diet. But I suspect that I might have SIBO so I'd like to deal with that first before pounding the fruit/sugar. Honestly though, nothing is digesting properly right now.

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on May 20, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Hi, just wanted to warn you, though hopefully your doctors already have, that if you have thalasemia minor you are cannot take iron supplements because you can get iron toxicity due to your altered hemoglobin.(runs in my family) Please talk with your doctor about this. Take care, hope you get feeling better. My daughters going thru alot of similar things and its frustrating isn't it.

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on May 21, 2012
at 03:08 AM

folic and folate are bandied around as if they are the same thing, they are not, its folate you want not folic. Some reading; http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid and http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/03/food-fortification-a-risky-experiment/

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Yea my GP recommended I take iron, but also suggested I see a hematologist. The hematologist performed several tests, including a different way of testing iron and said that my levels are completely fine and that I don't need to supplement...so I stopped. He did recommend that I take a folic acid but there seems to be a lot of controversy over it, so I'm not going to take it, at least for now. Thanks for your input!

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:27 AM

this may be way out of my league but it kind of sounds like your physician is taking a stab at the dark by prescribing iron and folic acid. you do that in a SPECIFIC case...megaloblastic anemia. as for iron deficiency, it is pretty hard to be iron deficient unless you are losing blood from internal bleeding or especially as a female, through your period.

you have beta thalassemia...so it is to be expected that you have lower hemoglobin, hematocrit, rbc values. any thalassemia patient is going to look like they are anemic...some more than others. but anemia does not equal iron deficiency. you could be low in rbcs from a production standpoint or from a losing too much standpoint.

but it's pretty obvious in your case that your blood looks the way it does because you have thalassemia. it's a qualitative issue not quantitative. i'd be pretty careful about iron supp...hemachromatosis is serious and way worse than mild anemia.

my hematology profs are pretty annoyed that when doctors see anemia, they automatically prescribe iron and folic acid. in your case, it's even more of a head scratcher since you have already been diagnosed with thalassemia...

sorry to play devil's advocate. that's what came to my mind when i read this. as for how i would treat you...sheesh, they haven't taught us that yet. maybe third year on the wards!

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 19, 2012
at 03:04 AM

Thanks for your input! My diet is iron sufficient (at least I think it is) so it shouldn't be a primary deficiency. So you do make a good point that it might not be wise to supplement. It seems then that I'm either bleeding internally, not absorbing it sufficiently, or it's the thalassemia minor. Hopefully the hematologist will offer some insight. In the meantime I may just try small doses of iron supplement and take note of any changes.

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on April 16, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Excess consumption of some foods make iron absorption difficult in the body. How much dairy are you consuming? How much tea? What vegetables do you normally eat?

I'm not an expert or anything and I second the other suggestions here to explore the possibility of other causes through other tests.

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

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on April 16, 2012
at 04:47 AM

I typed 'dairy inhibits' in google, and the second suggestion was 'dairy inhibits iron absorption.' I'm guessing it's pretty common. "Some ... foods that will do this are: oxalic acid found in spinach and phosphates found primarily in milk, dairy products and egg whites. Also many sodas, phytates in beans and tannins in tea and coffee can interfere with iron absorption." http://www.ivillage.com/iron-absorption/6-n-145851#ixzz1sAws0naI and vitamin c enhances iron absorption

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on April 16, 2012
at 01:25 PM

Hi Sunny Beaches, I probably consume 1 cup of whole milk on average per day, along with 2Tbsp. of butter, and 2Tbsp. of cheese if I have it. Dairy has been a recent addition in the last 2 months because I felt my diet was getting too restrictive. I don't drink coffee at all and tea is very rare. As far as veggies, carrots and frozen peas are mainstays. Cucumbers sometimes. I have reduced consumption of kale, lettuce, and other greens because I don't want to overdo fiber on my GI, but still eat them occasionally.

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on June 27, 2012
at 01:13 AM

These are good points. I didn't realize oxalic acid found in spinach could have been blocking my absorption. I will try removing spinach, dairy and egg whites.

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