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Iron deficiency/anemia 
23rd-Apr-2013 09:47 pm
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Hey, everyone! Long time no see. :)

So today I attempted to donate blood at my school's blood drive for the second time, and for the second time they turned me down because I'm anemic. My parents told me that since I had failed twice, we should look into improving my diet and maybe getting vitamins or supplements to take to help improve my iron and/or protein intake.

I'm curious if anyone else has had to modify their diets in order to improve their iron, and what you did/what supplements you took. Please and thank you!
24th-Apr-2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
My iron levels were low (not anemic but low end of normal) when I was pregnant, and my midwives suggested upping my intake of iron-rich foods (molasses was one thing I remember), and also take SpaTone, which is a liquid iron supplement. It's pretty awful if you take it with just water (like, it tastes like you're drinking blood) but mixing it with juice (orange helps your body absorb the iron better) made it totally fine. I recall they recommended that one specifically because it's generally easier on the tummy...I guess some people find they get an upset stomach from iron supplements.
28th-Apr-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
I have to take two iron pills daily to help with this. Years ago I was told it was so low if I didn't get it up I could wind up in hospital:/ And unfortunately, I just don't eat enough daily + being veg, to keep it up with my diet, so for me supplements were the way to go. For my current dosage, it's what my doctor recommended after I had two blood tests done a month apart-maybe you should speak with yours about that, and possibly even get in touch with a nutritionist about improving your diet to help the anemia
28th-Apr-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
Oops, forget to say I currently take just an iron supplement that the pharmacist found behind the counter (because everything overcounter had gelatin in it, plus I needed something gluten&lactose free as well :/) and it's 35mg per pill, so I'm taking 70mg a day.
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