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    Have your iron level checked
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    clatterbuck1 posted:
    For the last two years I was totally exhausted when I got home from work. After I cooked dinner, it was all I could do to stay awake until 8:00 p.m. I often fell asleep in the sofa watching T.V. I thought I was just getting old. I went to my doctor because of a tick bite he did a complete blood workup and discovered that I was really anemic. I started taking iron pills and within a couple of weeks I noticed I was not tired in the evening anymore. I also noticed I could get out of bed more easily in the morning and I didn't have to have a latte to get through the day. I wish I had gone to my doctor sooner. Don't just assume you are getting older.
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    brunosbud responded:
    Actually in modern America, because people are likely to eat foods that are "iron-fortified", ie cereals, breads, dairy products...plus, of course, natural sources of iron...meat, fish, chicken and beans...there are more people that are too high in iron rather than too low. This is especially true for men and post menopausal women.

    What are some problems with having too much iron in your body?

    Too much iron in your blood may be just as bad as having too little. Iron is a potent oxidizer that can generate the production of "free radicals". By now, everybody has heard the term, antioxidants (and the importance of eating them)? Well, the job of antioxidants is to neutralize the tissue destroying effects of "free radicals". It's been suggested in recent studies that overdosing on vitamins may be causing cancer, diabetes and liver damage within the population.

    The best solution is to see your doctor, annually, and be sure to have your blood drawn and tested as part of the checkup. Also, make sure you disclose all drugs, vitamins and supplements (especially, diet supplements) during annual check-ups, too.

    Who are most at risk for iron deficiency? Babies, young children, adolescent girls, people on restricted diets, pregnant women & women with heavy periods...according to Dr. Oz: If you need to change your tampon after less than two hours, you're considered a heavy bleeder and could mean you're low in iron.


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