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Substitute iron or not ? (low serum ferritin)

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by Markus83, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Markus83

    Markus83

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    Hello together,

    I've been found to be iron deficient for at least two years now. Recently, serum ferritin came back with 15 ug/l (normal 30-300), but sTFR (soluble transferrin receptor) was normal. I'm not sure if I should supplement iron or not. I'm male and not a vegetarian.

    Iron is important for energy metabolism and immun function, as you surely know. On the other hand it can feed parasites and most bacteria (except borrelia). I do have a chronic infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

    What do you think, does it make sense to subsitute? I have also low T3, T8 and especially T4 cells, which - what I heard - may be caused by iron deficiency.

    Thanks,
    Markus
     
  2. Learner1

    Learner1 Forum Support Assistant

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    I have hemachromatosis, a condition of too high iron, which I need to get removed from me periodically. My doctor advised not letting serum ferritin go below 60 or my mitochondria wouldn't work well to make energy.

    Your value sounds low. I know iron bisglycinate supplements work well, and one can also have iron IVs.
     
  3. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

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    Ferritin is not a good marker for iron levels, its a first pass analysis. The iron saturation and other markers also need to be considered. I had super high ferritin but my iron was so low it was probable I was anemic if I also have low blood volume ... and this as a haemochromatosis carrier. Look at all the results in your iron assay.
     

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