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ANARIE Posts: 12,765
10/4/14 1:23 A


Talk to your doctor about it. The reason for the decrease in iron is that in some people, extra iron increases the risk of cardiac disease. Iron deficiency, on the other hand, can cause lots of issues including severe clinical depression. Your doctor would probably like to do some blood work on you to see exactly where you stand as far as iron.

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10/4/14 12:53 A

I have been taking a multi gnc ultra mega for women energy and metabolism, and its got 18mg of iron, and I'm over 50 not menstruating anymore, so I guess that's probably too much iron for me, so I probably need to get an over 50 no iron formula.

MARAGRAM Posts: 4,842
4/12/14 7:31 P

I still have to make sure iron intake is high as I tend to be low and they won't allow me to donate blood if it is low.

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4/12/14 3:19 P

You actually have 1 more year. emoticon

For women iron recommendation amounts drop from 18 mg to 8 mg for 51 and older.
This is primarily due to the change in menstrual cycle, etc. So if you still are having normal periods, your needs will be higher.

Our SP Nutrition Tracker uses the nutrient amounts as would be found on a food label---which kind of lumps together adults of all ages and genders. So you won't see a change there based on gender or age changes.

Hope this helps--
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4/12/14 1:46 P


My understanding is that the iron requirements decrease after menopause (since no more iron loss due to menstruation), so age isn't as important as whether you are still menstruating. If I recall correctly, the recommendation drops from 18mg to 8mg per day, but I don't believe that the tracker "automatically" corrects for it. You will have to edit the iron goal to meet your actual needs.

You might also want to check to see if your calcium and potassium recommendations have gone up (I seem to remember seeing something about those increasing for post-menopausal women as well).

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4/12/14 1:40 P

I've had the dietary goal of eating enough iron in my nutritional tracker for years now. Today is my birthday, and I'm now 50 years old.
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My understanding is a woman's iron needs over 50 decrease. Does the nutrition goal automatically adjust itself based on my age?

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