Iron Test - Understand Result

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My count is 10 what does that mean
Hello Elizabeth, do you know the measurement unit of your iron count? Is it mcg/dL or micromol/L? 10 mcg/dL is way too low, but 10 micromole/L is almost ok. If your count is 10 micromole/L, the value is only a little bit lower than the normal, you may add iron-rich foods in your daily diet.
Hi, my iron is 327, iron saturation 83% tibc 392. My doctor told me to stop taking my iron supplements she had me taking them twice a day. Plus it was in my multivitamin. I’m worried I want to know will I be ok. An how to lower the iron in my body. Thanks
Hi Bernice, it's ok. When you reduce daily intake, the iron level will come down.
Hello my name is Monica My iron level is 21 My hemoglobin is 12 Is this normal?
Hi Monica, is your iron level 21 mcg/dL or 21 mmol/L? The hemoglobin is very slightly below normal range. If your iron level is 21 mcg/dL, you need to take some iron supplement. If your iron level is 21 mmol/L, you're almost fine but you can take more iron rich foods in your daily diet.
My name is Heather, and my iron came back at 1060! I haven't done the follow-up test yet. What can I do to get my iron level down?
Not necessary, keep following up with your doctor. Lowering down iron in blood through diet is a long period process. It won't work before you see your primary next time.
If you've been on iron supplement, stop taking it. On diet, avoid iron rich foods, mainly red meat. Take foods rich in calcium, or phytates, polyphenols or oxalates that can impair iron absorption, to make a list they are egg, milk, yogurt, cheese, tea, vegetables, coffee, soy, fiber, nuts, legumes and whole grains.
I had colon cancer restructured in April and July thru October I was dizzy and almost fainted 3 times. Cancer center found my iron level was at 7 and I had 2 iron infusions about a month ago. Now I have metallic taste in my mouth. Is this related to iron and when will it stop?
Hello Ms. Mary, the metallic smell will go away when you no longer need iron infusion.

This table shows the interpretation of iron panel. It can be useful to some of us.