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I can appreciate everything that Harry had to say and his story is definitely scary. However, one thing to keep in mind --- most women who are not in menopause tend to have lower ferriten numbers and generally have hemoglobin that is in the low normal range. When men are anemic or have low ferriten it is cause for concern because they shouldn't be losing blood like women do. So it is different when a male has low ferriten and defiinitely requires more testing! Just something to keep in mind. If you are really concerned about this then you might as well go see the hemotologist to ease your mind.

Lizzy
[QUOTE=lizzy76;3106562]I can appreciate everything that Harry had to say and his story is definitely scary. However, one thing to keep in mind --- most women who are not in menopause tend to have lower ferriten numbers and generally have hemoglobin that is in the low normal range. When men are anemic or have low ferriten it is cause for concern because they shouldn't be losing blood like women do. So it is different when a male has low ferriten and defiinitely requires more testing! Just something to keep in mind. If you are really concerned about this then you might as well go see the hemotologist to ease your mind.

Lizzy[/QUOTE]


Lizzy,

I agree with this, and Harry, it doesn't mean I disagree with you at all!;) You have very valid points.

As for women, I can't tell you the number of women who have told me that when they were in their 40s (like I am) they became anemic. My mother is one of them and spent most of her 40s popping iron and always being told her "iron was low." This was 20 years ago and I don't even think they were doing ferritin tests then. Once she went through menopause, it all fixed itself. Most recently, my GP's nurse told me that she spent her 40s with anemia due to menstrual loss. It doesn't even have necessarily be a very heavy flow. But years and years of bleeding will gradually deplete your iron stores and some women can become anemic.

I do think it is very important to have all other areas checked out though--because this is also the age that nasty beasts like colon cancer can pop up.





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