It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Anemia Message Board

Can a man be iron-deficient with "normal" basic labs?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-17-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
MatthewOnline's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 8
MatthewOnline HB User
Can a man be iron-deficient with "normal" basic labs?

I'm a male, 42 years old. Proper weight and my doctor(s) tell me I'm in fine shape without any significant issues. I do have an occasional hemorrhoid flare up with a tiny bit of bleeding that is not significant (I don't think). My GP is aware of this as well.

However, I seem to have symptoms of iron-deficiency: cold, tired, weak at times, palpitations at times, anxiety at times.

I've never had any Iron/Ferritin blood work done because my GP says it's incredibly unlikely for a man to be iron-deficient, especially with these labs:

RBC: 5.42
HGB: 17.2
HCT: 48.5

My Pdoc says with those basic hematology results, she can rule out iron problems. I am suspect, but don't have the medical insight to know what is accurate. I also understand (right or wrong) that too much iron for men can be dangerous for the heart? Or cause excessive oxidative stress?

Appreciate the input.

Last edited by MatthewOnline; 04-17-2012 at 01:58 PM.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Closed Thread

anemia, hematology, iron

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:12 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!