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Is anyone else anemic?? I just got my labs back and my iron stores were at 8 (for those who don't know, my dr explained that 15 is where people are started to be considered anemic... I am obviously under that)

Are there any great tips to getting my iron up (I hate the "side effects" of iron capsules, and would like to take as low of a dosage as possible) and getting some energy?? I feel so dead tired all the time.

Tue. Jan 29, 1:17pm

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iron gluconate is the best absorbed iron supplement. Several months I had to have little over 4 units of blood added back into my body and my doctor put me on 325 mg of iron gluconate. I also eat dark green vegatables, lots of water and fiber. I have never had any of the side effects people have spoken to me about constipation, smell etc..

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 1:25 PM

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I hate to state the obvious, but why not just google "high iron foods" and eat some of those? Like red meat and leafy greens.

Other deficiencies can cause anemia too - B12 and folate. Keep an eye on those too.

Also, you need Vitamin C to process iron, so make sure you're getting plenty of that. Check for vitamins that counteract your body's ability to absorb iron, and keep those foods separate.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 1:29 PM

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OP here

I have googled it.... I actually just came back from doing so. Honestl, I was looking for real life experiences with having anemia while dieting. I truly apologize for not stating my intentions better.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 1:32 PM

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I had anemia, and the doc had me take supplements called feraphosphates, or something like that. It was basically an iron supplement. I had to take it with food, but I didn't have as bad of side effects as I had with other iron supplements.

A couple months later, I was no longer anemic. For me, it was b/c I was sick. For lots of people who discover they are anemic, after awhile, it goes away. It's usually triggered by something. Could be not eating enough, etc. For me, it was a bad kidney infection.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 2:48 PM

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I have had very serious iron deficiency problems in the past... The first question would be what is the cause of the deficiency? Once you are aware of that, it is much easier to take care of. If its your period, rest and take it really easy on those days, and take an iron supplement (drink lots of water, eat lots of veggies and fibre with it), and eat iron rich foods every chance you can get. If there is another cause, or if you have extremely heavy periods, your doctor should address that and take care of the original problem. Then it should improve.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 1:51 AM

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I read recently that there are now time-release iron supplements, which release just a bit of iron at a time, over the course of the day. This allows more people to take iron, b/c a little bit at a time is less likely to upset your stomach than the all-at-once pills.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 5:17 PM

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