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<a href="http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/iron-deficiency.html" target="_blank">http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/iron-deficiency.html</a><br><br><br>
Your doctor will generally just take hemoglobin levels and if you are > 12g<br>
they will tell you that you are normal. I've preached before that as athletes we should be at least 1g highter to be "normal".<br><br>
3 months ago I was at 12, but I had the doctor take my serum ferritin and showed mine as extremely low and while I supplemented after getting the results, because I had no stores, my current hemoglogin level is 11.6 which is anemic.<br><br>
If your a woman like me that hangs around the low ends of normal, you should have further testing.<br><br>
Looks like I have to give up coffee again <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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Excellent article, thanks.<br>
Looks like I am going to be buying new stainless steel cookware because I just can't give up coffee right now. <img alt="icon_clown.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_clown.gif">
 

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That's a very helpful article. I get deferred about 2-3 times a year at the blood bank because of low iron. Through the years, the nurses have given me tips but these are really good. I am addicted to coffee but am at least going to try and not have coffee with meals in order to try and absorb more iron during meals.
 

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Thanks for the article.<br>
Even though I have never come up anemic, it sounds like it's still possible.<br>
And I certainly can put a check beside many of the risk factors.<br><br>
My sport involves significant volumes of running or other forms of endurance exercise*;<br>
I am female;<br>
I have regular periods*;<br>
I am vegetarian;<br>
I drink tea and coffee with my meals*;<br>
I use bran products (eg All-Bran);<br>
I give blood regularly*;<br>
I cook using aluminium or enamel cookware (not stainless steel or iron);<br>
I frequently take antibiotics, aspirin or antacids (indigestion remedies).<br><br><br>
I guess I need to really double up on the beans and leafy veggies.
 

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Same here. The last time I was deferred trying to give blood, they gave me an information sheet with suggestions for getting my iron up. It included cutting back on fiber. And I do get a lot. But I can promise you that gastroenterologists don't want us to cut back on fiber.
 

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I didn't read the entire article, but I do see that I have many of risk factors.<br><br>
Thanks for the reminder!<br><br>
Someone start a lentil recipe thread! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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This is very interesting to one who is consistently low on iron. I don't understand the measurement though <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> I'm going for a converter or something. I get my iron checked at the Red Cross but that's a different kind of measurement, based on what I read in the article.<br><br>
Hmmm.
 
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