« on: April 23, 2015, 09:00:06 PM »
I take no vitamins, rarely take any non-prescription drugs, take no prescription drugs, no steroids, etc. No hepatitis. B-12 is good.
The iron workup is:
* Iron: 240 mcg/dL (HIGH - range 50-180)
* TIBC: 396 mcg/dL
* Trans. Sat.%: 61% (HIGH - range 15-60)
* UIBC: 156 mc/dL
* Hematocrit: 50.5% (HIGH - range 38.5-50.0)
* Hemoglobin: 16.6%
* MCH: 29.3 pg
* MCHC: 32.9 g/dL
* MCV: 89.2 fl
* MPV: 8.7 fl
* Red Blood Cell Count: 5.66 million/uL
The Dr. advised me to reduce iron intake and moderate alcohol. Nothing else. No causation. The doctor did not do an LFT although said my liver appeared to be fine.
After researching the issue, I found that donating blood is the primary method of reducing blood iron.
At 45, I have not donated blood for 20+ years. I am not accident prone so what blood I have stays with me. I do eat beef once or twice a week, am addicted to sunflower seeds, and salt the crap out of everything. I cannot think of a single thing that I eat that is iron rich.
A friend who has hemochromatosis told me that iron stores increase in the body over time. Is that an accurate statement?