Wondering what Red blood cells & other organs - have to do with iron

August 3, 2003

Dear Dr. Mirkin

Should I be concerned about a low blood iron level?



"Low blood iron levels can be beneficial as long as you are not anemic.  Donating blood lowers blood iron levels and also helps to prevent heart attacks.  Before the bad LDL cholesterol can form plaques in arteries, it must be converted to oxidized LDL cholesterol, and iron causes this reaction.  Lack of iron reduces your chances of forming plaques in arteries to cause heart attacks and strokes." 

"Routine blood tests measure the size of your red blood cells.  If they are small, your doctor will order a test called ferritin to measure iron reserves.  If your ferritin is low, your doctor will look for a source of bleeding from menstruation or through the intestinal tract. If no serious source is found, you need no treatment unless you are a highly competitive athlete."

"Less than 50 percent of the iron in your body is in your red blood cells.

Most is in your iron reserves in your liver, spleen and other tissues.

Your body needs iron to make red blood cells

and if your body does not contain enough iron, you will become anemic,

but you will not become anemic until you have depleted all your iron reserves."

"You can be iron deficient but not anemic, when you have an adequate supply of red blood cells, but no iron reserves."

"Iron deficiency does not make you tired unless you are also anemic, but it can tire athletes exercising at their maximum." 

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