The most generally known health condition and quite often wrongly identified is the iron deficiency. The patients are told that everything is all right and their iron level is good but the diagnose made by doctors or receptionist is not always true.
According to you iron level the symptoms can be variable. The difference could be one feeling all symptoms and the other one just one. Here is the list of the most common ones:
- Feeling tired
- Feeling cold
- Sleep without rest
- Weak nails
- Nailbeds without proper color
- Syndrome of a restless leg
- Muscles cramp
- Lack of breath while exercising
- Skin without color
- Extreme loss of hair
- Low blood pressure
- Depression and post-partum depression
- Chronic tiredness
- Brain fog
- Regular sharp stabbing left-sided chest pain
- Lack of blood sugar control
- Dark circles under eyes (as a result of the pale skin revealing veins)
In order to be informed more on this question read the detailed explanations about several generally asked questions.
Why do I still have iron deficiency if the doctors proven otherwise?
You can recognize a healthy person and an iron deficiency person just by one look. But this is not an accurate doctor’s check. They use ferritin in your iron tests which measures iron storage. It is not accurate if the test is made on you free iron because of the influence made by 24 hours food income.
Ferritin has a terrible lab range of reference because of its broadness (11-291ug/L) that is why your doctor can tell you level 12 is all right but 10 is not so good and the use of supplements is needed. But this is wrong and misdiagnosed.
If you have hair loss, your feeling cold and tired, the chances of deficiency are very high. Each one of us is different and the symptoms can show the level of low iron but sometimes there is no symptom at all and still the level is quite low.
The reason why the iron is been proven to be unchecked properly is because it is not tested in the right way. It is often compared with the hemoglobin and if it is on a satisfying level then your ferritin is as well. This is another mistake which doctor often make.
Proper ferritin reference ranges
|<12-29ug/l||Depleted iron stores|
|<30-79ug/l||Reduced iron stores|
|<80-150ug/l||Adequate iron stores|
Complete blood count and iron levels
Another indicator which is put aside is the complete blood count. The range for hemoglobin is 120- 160 and if you have 122 that is a very low state. Doctors often ignore the complete blood count but if the whole picture is not good then the patient is anemic.
It must be taken into consideration since by recognizing the symptoms there is a great deal of correction. While you are anemic the white cells are reduced and that is another reference to check.
The ferritin can be increased by irritation and people with high level of ferritin are still iron deficient.
Why do we feel cold?
The iron’s function is to heat the body that is why the symptom of coldness appears. People who have high iron (another disease) are very warm because of the its flow through their blood. The blood pressure is of great importance since the low circulation of blood on you extremities can cause coldness.
Other conditions with symptoms like iron deficiency
Symptoms like tiredness, coldness and weakness can be indicators for another condition as well, for example: chronic fatigue syndrome, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, low blood pressure and hypothyroidism. There are patients with the combination of conditions and must be very careful with treatments because of the digestive system.
Causers of iron deficiency
- Inadequate intake
- Vegetarian or vegan diet
- Wheat consumption
- Dairy consumption
- Food intolerance
- Excess intake of black coffee or black tea
- Donating blood
- Heavy periods
- Celiac disease
- Acid blocker medications
- Excess caffeine
- Low stomach acid
- Colon cancer
Using iron supplements
This supplements cause stomach pain and the reason for this is the usage of ferrous fumarate or ferrous gluconate which are not absorbable and provoke bad digestion. A well absorbed and good for your deficiency is the bisglycinate supplement because it gives the best results.
You should take it together with vitamin C but you should never take it with, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, fiber, chamomile tea, eggs, milk thistle or peppermint tea. The most important thing is to ask you doctor for the indications.
Make ferritin tests!
It is of uppermost importance to test your ferritin because it is for your own and even your children’s good. While pregnant, women must follow their intake in order to provide the baby healthier life. Vegetarians and vegans should also consider taking this test since their diet is special. But not only pregnant or post-pregnant women, vegans and vegetarians should test but everyone since deficiency can cause many problems so why not prevent it while it is still curable.
Dr Justin Gallant ND