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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
High iron serum
I am a 40 years old female, I recently had some blood work done and everything was great except for low Lactate dehydrogenase(LDH) and high iron serum. While low LDH doesn`t seem to be serious, I worry about the high iron level. Can a high iron level be caused by estrogen preparation (I am taking natural estrogen)? Or by high doses of vitamin C? I could certainly reduce the vitamin C content of my multivitamins, but if I have to continue with my hormone therapy, what could I do to bring the iron level down?
I would suggest that you reduce your vitamin C intake as that increases iron absorption. I would also suggest that you have a repeat serum iron done at the same time as you get a total iron binding capacity and a ferritin level drawn to better assess what your total iron stores are and whether or not you need genetic testing.
Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University