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Hemochromatosis

Very High Iron Levels

02/04/2010

Question:

I`m a 47 yr old female and am being seen by a Chiropractor for insomnia, fatigue and chronic pain. He ran a bunch of lab work. My iron levels are: (Serum Iron) 208, normal lab range is 35 - 155, (TIBC) 239, lab normal 250 - 390. I also tested positive for gluten sensitivity and adrenal fatigue. The only thing he`s having me do for the iron levels is eat a low iron diet and take vitamin B complex. He wants me to re do all the labs in 45 days. Should I be doing more?

Answer:

The key point here is that your iron to TIBC ratio, which means saturation index, is somewhat on the high side.  We usually recommend in that situation  to proceed with a ferritin level and consideration of a genotype to rule out Hemochromatosis.  It won't have anything directly to do with gluten or other symptoms, but it is important to find out about.

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Response by:

Mark   Wurster, MD Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University