Low iron and iron saturation

Mfurches

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Just got some labs back . Iron is at the bottom of the range and iron saturation is below range. Does test cause low iron typically ? I just started an iron supplement . How long should it take to bring my levels up?
 

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ajax31

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Testosterone increases erythropoiesis (red blood cell formation), which in turn draws on body iron stores (ferritin). This places men on TRT in a difficult position when their hematocrit rises and donating blood to reduce it further depletes more iron.

I haven’t had to deal with this problem, but they say if your hematocrit is too high, lower the test dose and inject more frequently. Or go the blood donation route and risk developing an iron deficiency.

Testosterone also increases the absorption of dietary iron as well as release of recycled iron stored in macrophages in the liver and spleen due to its suppressive effect on hepcidin (and resulting increased levels of the ferroprtin transporter).

Iron metabolism is very complex and tricky.
 

HealthMan

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Just got some labs back . Iron is at the bottom of the range and iron saturation is below range. Does test cause low iron typically ? I just started an iron supplement . How long should it take to bring my levels up?
Usually testosterone increases iron. Your levels are a bit low but with iron supplementation your levels should look good soon. I wouldn’t worry at all.
 

rustylwb

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My Liver team had me take 3x65//325mg when I was pretty low from Liver cancer. It worked by the next test at 90 days but I think it would have been ok in 45 days. 3 daily
 

Systemlord

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I started TRT with a saturation levels of 14 with 20 being at the bottom of the ranges, iron was also low normal.

I never felt right on TRT until I got saturation into the top half of the ranges after stopping TRT without any iron supplementation, then went back on and became iron deficient again.

I have no choice but to supplement iron on TRT.
 

maliksab

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I started TRT with a saturation levels of 14 with 20 being at the bottom of the ranges, iron was also low normal.

I never felt right on TRT until I got saturation into the top half of the ranges after stopping TRT without any iron supplementation, then went back on and became iron deficient again.

I have no choice but to supplement iron on TRT.
What kind of iron supplement are you taking ? And whats your dose?
 

Systemlord

Member
What kind of iron supplement are you taking ?
Vitamin Shoppe brand, the easily absorbed gentle iron. It's iron chelated.

The ferrous sulfate is the least easily absorbed type of iron. I didn't absorb it very well. Also the ferrous sulfate has the most side effects when compared to iron chelate.
And whats your dose?
I take 112mg daily, anytime I attempt to decrease even a little I encounter symptoms later in the day.
 

Marni Moon

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in addition to taking iron, you still need to select and take assimilation cofactors (vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin B, iodine, selenium, copper, zinc), there are more than 10 positions of them
I found the whole author's schemes for the reception of all these cofactors, but now, unfortunately, I cannot find
... tablets have every cofactor you need
 
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Mfurches

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Just got more labs back . After a few weeks of supplementing iron my iron level went from 39 to 124( ref range 38-169) but my ferritin actually went down! Last time it was 79 and this time it was 44. ( ref range 30-400) how could ferritin go down while iron goes up??
 

Match

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Testosterone increases Erythropoiesis, which attracts ferritin iron, which then decreases. I think i should add iron, but at the limits where the Hematocrit doesn't increase much. What's your hematocrit?
 

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Just got some labs back . Iron is at the bottom of the range and iron saturation is below range. Does test cause low iron typically ? I just started an iron supplement . How long should it take to bring my levels up?
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