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Low iron stores?
Sep 21, 2011
since the day i turned 16 i have donated blood at my local blood bank. before im able to donate they check my hemoglobin and iron level in one simple pin prick of the finger. my count is usually around or just under 120 which is their cut off. i am told that 115 is a normal count. yesterday i was attending my 3 monthly visit to donate blood and my count was 102, they tried to get a better count through my arm and it was only 103. i was told that i would have to come back in 6 months and that my blood would be sent away to have my stores counted. they told me chances are i have low iron stores. i am a teenage girl, physically very active, training for at least 4 hours a week, working around 30 hours a week and attending my last year of school 12 hours a week. I have researched online and found exhaustion to be a cause of low iron and the count to be completely different. can someone please tell me why mine is measured in the hundreds when normal is found to be in the tens.

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