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  • I've got low iron for another reason not mentioned. In addition to being a premenopausal woman, I'm also a blood donor. I end up needing extra weeks between donations to build back my blood count. Since I want to keep donating, my doctor has recommended I take iron supplements to reinforce my stores. - 8/21/2008 3:26:45 PM
  • Great article. - 5/12/2008 10:40:31 PM
  • I never get close to enough iron in my diet. What I really need is a detailed list of the best iron rich foods. - 3/25/2008 12:18:16 PM
    I had a surgery cancelled because of iron deficiency. So I've had intravenous iron treatment. Pretty drastic, so this article was timely for me. - 2/25/2008 8:03:33 PM
    I agree with CARL15. The issue is confusing. Too much can cause toxicity, however the iron supplement I found at the store contained 65mg tablets. If only 18 is needed for women and less for men, what is the reason for the increased dosage? I figured that it's just because some people with low iron have a hard time absorbing it. Depending on my daily intake of iron through my food, I will either take a whole pill or cut one in half as well as drink some orange juice (to help with absorption) when I take the pills. I am grateful for SparkPeople because otherwise I wouldn't be able to view my iron intake as easily as I do. - 2/25/2008 7:50:11 AM
  • This issue can be so confusing ... some time back, I remember much talk of people consuming too much iron & that it was thought to be equally harmful to the heart as low hemoglobin counts. To this day, supplement manufacturers have decreased the amount of iron in multivitamins and minerals. - 2/25/2008 1:39:35 AM
  • Thanks for this article. I've noticed that I haven't been getting enough iron lately, and was curious about the effects. Now I know, and I'm heading out to get a daily vitamin!! - 11/17/2007 5:51:12 PM

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