Set apart
By Set apart Latest Reply 2012-03-14 18:01:13 -0500
Started 2012-03-10 06:35:00 -0600

Hey guys, I was at the Drs' on Tuesday, turns out I am Deficient in iron, to be exact my reading is 6, I researched and normal for women should be like 12.5. I can't take the pills because they cause havoc on my digestive system. I am now taking Floradix iron and herbs liquid pd extract, double dosage doc said which turns out to be 20 ml twice a day. Sacs dosage of 10 ml equals 5g carbs and matches the 5g of sugar. I have to admit I've been exhausted lately, I get up at 4:30 exercise, gonto work, come home continue domestic duties, gotta plan meals and snacks, etc… Hopefully this will help, my dilemma is doc said take it until you feel mire energetic! Okay I can take the vitamin and vinegar taste, YUK, 2 x a day, not to mention what something so simple is doing to my BGs am spiking! After this Will focus on iron rich foods, I guess, but for now how long would you guys take this before cutting down, and and let's not forget a LV bottle of 500 ml costs $40. Ideas, don't want to be tired anymore!!!

25 replies

pixsidust 2012-03-12 10:51:19 -0500 Report

Its been a long time since I was in your shoes. Food is not enough. Can't you just take an iron pill with meals instead of this liquid yuk? Also its says here you need enough vitamin C to absorb the iron.
To boost the amount of iron in your diet, try these foods:

Red meat
Egg yolks
Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)
Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)
Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
Turkey or chicken giblets
Beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans

And here's a tip: If you eat iron-rich foods along with foods that provide plenty of vitamin C, your body can better absorb the iron. 1000mg+ of Vitamin C daily and when you are sick 3000mg.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-12 15:42:51 -0500 Report

Hey thanks this really helps me, can't do the iron pills, they do cause havoc on my system, but all the other inforrmation helps!

jayabee52 2012-03-12 15:59:40 -0500 Report

Iron pills CAN cause constipation.

pixsidust 2012-03-12 22:42:27 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reminder.
I had to take 9 pills a day after I had my son.
I eat many things on that list except for the prunes/raisons
Love spinach though and even chicken livers with onions!

KarynCandy29 2012-03-12 10:25:09 -0500 Report

Hey Set apart,

Just a question, can you not take the Iron shot ?
Just wondering my mom took that and it helped her so so much and took the guess work and not having to taste it..Yuck!
I hope you start to feel better soon..and all works well for you~
keep us posted please!


Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-12 10:45:30 -0500 Report

I'm not even sure if they considered this, it was one of those things, where let's take care of it, and for myself at the time I didn't know too much about the effects of iron deficiency in the body, other than fatigue. I have known that I was tired, but have been like this for a while, since I was only diagnosed in August as T1 I blamed it then as a result of the high BGs, now if I run even a little over 150, I am extremely tired. This is all making so much sense to me, as I put it together, I was blaming my fatigue on my diabetes. I also do not eat red meat, it's not my favorite so I stay away from it, will make more of an effort to eat lean red meat at least once a week along with other iron rich foods. Thank you!

MAYS 2012-03-10 15:27:18 -0600 Report

Being a vegetarian I have had my share of anemia related problems, two of the most important things to remember are;

1. The type (and source) of the iron that is being put into your body.

2. What vitamins and minerals are also being consumed to help your body absorb and utilize this iron.

Ingesting too much iron can be harmful to your liver and also have an effect on the vitamins and minerals that are present in your system.
Certain foods should not be consumed with those that are being eaten to enhance your intake of iron, if eaten they will actually prevent your body from absorbing iron!

These links may be of interest to you:

I hope that this information has been helpful, and I hope that things will get better for you soon!


jayabee52 2012-03-10 12:09:41 -0600 Report

I am also anemic, which is not unusual for folks with Kidney issues, because somehow the Kidneys are involved in making of hemoglobin. When I was on dialysis, the clinic gave me monthly shots of Epogen. Now since I no longer need dialysis (at least for the time being) I no longer get the Epo shots, but my Kidney Dr noted from my bloodwork that I was now borderline anemic. I need to take my bloodwork every 2 wks and if needed to go into the office to get an injection which will increase my iron. He has also put me on iron pills.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-11 06:53:16 -0500 Report

Hi James at one time tried iron pills, since being anemic was also part of my pregnancies, they do cause havoc on my system! Injections, I have never heard of this. So are you excessively tired, I knew I was tired in the evenings and that flu I had about 3 weeks ago, totally knocked me out for days! Thank you!

jayabee52 2012-03-11 11:11:30 -0500 Report

There are times all I can do is drag myself out of bed in the morning! My energy level is better now but for a while my energy level was quite low!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-11 14:24:55 -0500 Report

Usually mornings are good for me, but by 7:30 pm I feel like like I am carrying two stomps of logs, can't wait to hit the sack! Can't wait to be myself again!!!!

Jan8 2012-03-10 07:52:26 -0600 Report

I am concerned about yout iron level of 6. It sounds like that is your hemoglobin level?If it is you should not be exercising because it's too much of a load for your heart however if your doc says it's okay he knows more than I do. No wonder you are so tired plus all the other duties of a Mom. I can't imagine you being able to lift your head from a pillow . Can you back away from getting up so early also? You are running the Mom marathon superwoman and I can relate. I did the same thing. I don't mean to be telling you what to do but I can't help being concerned.I am an RN and unless there are some new rules out there that I am not aware of. Can you focus mainley on you? Any time the body is under stress from an imbalance the BG can go haywire. if there is anything I can do to help understand please let me know. Make sure your endocrinologist knows how your Bg's are spiking and tell him about the iron level. Just a call will do,you don't have to go in to his/her office.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-12 09:56:10 -0500 Report

Hi Jan, just wanted to update yo, I spoke to Dr.s' office this morning, pointed out what you said, Dr. said to back off of my exercise for up to 2 weeks after I started taking the iron supplement. So tomorrow will be one week, into this. He pointed out that because I am so low and that I especially like to do Cardio exercise, which is usually good for everyone, but in my case like you said not enough red blood cells, meaning not enough oxygen and as a result making my heart work extra hard, too much strain! Thank you for helping me and everyone else understand, no question is a dumb question!

Jan8 2012-03-12 11:44:51 -0500 Report

UR very welcome.Any time Set Apart ! Hapy your doc gave you some clarification. Hugs, Jan

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-11 06:48:57 -0500 Report

Thanks this helps, he did say iron was too low, but I will double check the results since I made sure I got a copy, I know there is a 6 circled over and over again. He did seem concerned that this wasn't addressed upon initial diagnosis in August, saying it was low back then. The fact that he said I needed to double on the instructions the bottle called for immediately. He made sure that upon leaving his office I was going to be able to get some of this extract. Wheat do you think "feels better means, as far as taking thus until then? So right now what you're saying is that if I exercise it may cause strain on the heart. He did mention the lack of red blood cells, not sure I guess I will need your help with IRON101, thanks! Needing to understand!

jigsaw 2012-03-10 07:34:33 -0600 Report

Physicians monitor the effectiveness of iron supplements by measuring laboratory indices, including reticulocyte count (levels of newly formed red blood cells), hemoglobin levels, and ferritin levels. In the presence of anemia, reticulocyte counts will begin to rise after a few days of supplementation. Hemoglobin usually increases within 2 to 3 weeks of starting iron supplementation.

In rare situations parenteral iron (provided by injection or I.V.) is required. Doctors will carefully manage the administration of parenteral iron.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-11 06:50:16 -0500 Report

Thanks Jigsaw, 2-3 weeks sounds good to me. So after this my regular multivitamin with iron should suffice right?

jigsaw 2012-03-11 07:30:31 -0500 Report

My guess, only your doctor will know for sure! The info here is in general terms, and doesn't take your specifics or your potential complexities into consideration.

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