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Ohc9
Ohc9
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Hi

Would anyone be able to interpret my Iron results. Medichecks says they’re all within range but wondering should they be at optimum level?

Thanks in advance

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SeasideSusie
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Ohc9

Optimal iron results according to web.archive.org/web/2018083... are:

Serum iron: 55 to 70% of the range, higher end for men - yours is 46% so a little low

Saturation: optimal is 35 to 45%, higher end for men - yours is 30.46% so a little low

TIBC: Low in range indicates lack of capacity for additional iron, High in range indicates body's need for supplemental iron - yours is 65% through range

Ferritin: It's said that for thyroid hormone to work properly (that's our own as well as replacement hormone) ferritin needs to be at least 70, preferably half way through range.

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Ohc9
Ohc9
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Thankyou very much for your help. Would you know what supplements are best to give the low ones a boost? Thanks

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SeasideSusie
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No sorry, iron is complicated and I don't recommend iron tablets because of that very fact.

If you look at the optimal results mentioned, high TIBC indicates need for iron supplementation. I woudn't call yours high, I'd describe it as a little over mid-range. Your serum iron and saturation are a little low. Your ferritin is a little below the recommended level for thyroid hormone to work. All that together doesn't suggest to me that you need iron tablets - but I am no expert nor am I medically qualified.

If those were my results I'd just be looking at eating liver (maximum 200g per week due to it's high Vit A content, also liver pate, black pudding) and iron rich foods apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/in...

That would possibly raise ferritin and maybe serum iron and the rest may fall into place.

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Ohc9
Ohc9
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Ok great thank you very much

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