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At risk of iron overload advice please

DEC 2017

Ferritin 22 (15 - 150) iron anaemia found in 2013 because of heavy periods. Not on any iron because GP said I would be at risk of developing iron overload if I took any

Iron 7.4 (6 - 26)

Transferrin saturation 12 (12 - 45)

MCV 80.2 (83 - 98)

MCHC 376 (310 - 350)

MCH 28.1 (28 - 32)

Haemoglobin 116 (115 - 150)

RBC 4.41 (3.80 - 5.80)

WBC 4.28 (4 -11)

Platelets 248 (140 - 500)

Haematocrit 0.41 (0.37 - 0.47)

Thoughts welcome. Thanks!

4 Replies

Not sure how you can be at risk of iron overload when ferritin is low, serum iron is low, and other results indicate iron deficiency anaemia.

See a different GP, one who maybe has half a clue!

Start eating liver, maximum 200g per week, that will help.



Strange thinking from your GP. Results say you have iron deficiency anaemia so how can supplementing iron cause iron overload? Monitoring ferritin, iron and full blood count 4-6 months after commencing iron supplementation will avoid you becoming overloaded. I would see a different GP.

Usual treatment for iron deficiency anaemia is 3 x 210mg Ferrous Fumarate. Take each tablet with 1,000mg vitamin C to aid absorption and minimise constipation. Iron should be taken 4 hours away from Levothyroxine. Iron can be bought without prescription.

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Another lazy Doctor - can't be bothered to monitor iron levels whilst supplementing - in my opinion .... which of course many do not do - and should :-(


Er how could you be at risk of iron overload with results like yours!?

Hopefully there’s another doctor on the practice you can see?


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