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Following some blood tests my doctor told me I should start taking iron. Given the results of my tests (below), am I anemic or just iron deficient? Any insight would be wonderful since I won't be seeing the doctor again until early September.

Thanks in advance.

Lab results:

Hemoglobin: 123 (120-150)
Hematocrit: 0.36 (0.35-0.45)
MCV: 84 (82-98)
Iron level: 8L (10-30)
Iron Binding Capacity: 68 (45-75)
Iron Saturation: 12L (14-50)
[QUOTE=nono;3120835]Following some blood tests my doctor told me I should start taking iron. Given the results of my tests (below), am I anemic or just iron deficient? Any insight would be wonderful since I won't be seeing the doctor again until early September.

Thanks in advance.

Lab results:

Hemoglobin: 123 (120-150)
Hematocrit: 0.36 (0.35-0.45)
MCV: 84 (82-98)
Iron level: 8L (10-30)
Iron Binding Capacity: 68 (45-75)
Iron Saturation: 12L (14-50)[/QUOTE]


You are iron deficient but not yet anemic. But you are close to the low end of normal CBC values. It might be good to get a ferritin. That will give you a true picture of your iron stores.





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