FAQ / Why are iron supplements on the avoid list?

Iron is often prescribed by doctors to counteract the loss of iron caused by anemia caused by bleeding or a poor diet. However, people with G6PDD often have too much iron in their blood due to varying levels of chronic hemolytic anemia, meaning their red blood cells actually break down at a faster rate than normal. When a red blood cell is destroyed, the iron (which is part of hemoglobin) is released into the blood stream. Too much iron is dangerous and can be deadly, so we recommend that G6PDD patients make sure their doctor orders a blood test to make sure they are actually iron deficient before taking iron supplements of any kind.

Read this article from the Univeristy of Utah website: http://healthcare.utah.edu/healthlibrary/library/herbs/all/doc.php?type=19&id=iron, Feb. 5, 2015. A quote from the article.

Some blood diseases, if treated with iron, may result in iron overload. They include sickle cell anemia, G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency), hereditary spherocytosis, hereditary elliptocytosis (1 in 2000), pyruvate kinase deficiency, acquired or genetic hemochromatosis, and thalassemia.”
FAQ / Why are iron supplements on the avoid list? was last modified: February 6th, 2015 by Dale Baker

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