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Low Iron or Anemia? You Need to Know the Difference

Low Iron or Anemia? You Need to Know the Difference

Anemia is a household word and it’s often used interchangeably with the term “low iron.” However, contrary to popular belief, anemia and low iron/iron deficiency are not always synonymous and you need to know the difference before taking an iron supplement such as ironologyFerritin Boost™. 

Think of it this way:

  • Anemia is caused by lack of Hemoglobin.
  • Iron Deficiency is caused by lack of Iron.
  • Iron Deficiency (with) Anemia is caused by both a lack of Iron AND a lack of Hemoglobin.
  • Iron Deficiency without Anemia is the same thing as Iron Deficiency and is caused by lack of Iron, but Hemoglobin is still normal.

You can have Anemia (low hemoglobin) without having iron deficiency. That’s because anemia can be caused by issues other than low iron including infection, inflammation or blood loss. Anemia (low hemoglobin) can be detected through a finger stick blood test.

Likewise, you can have iron deficiency without having Anemia. Your iron can be low, even severely low, without yet reaching the point where your hemoglobin starts to drop. Iron levels are detected through a venous blood draw, usually from the arm.

Check a Ferritin, Save a Life

Therein lies the most common problem. Many doctors do NOT test for iron or check ferritin. They will sometimes do a finger stick in the office but that only checks hemoglobin. Since hemoglobin does not have to be low in order for you to be iron deficient, you can see how this would be a problem. If you are struggling with low iron, even if you mention all of your symptoms, you may not receive proper diagnosis if you doctor relies on a finger stick. If you have not yet become Anemic, meaning your hemoglobin is still normal, your concerns might be dismissed, misdiagnosed (cardiac or pulmonary referral) or incorrectly treated with medication for another ailment (i.e. anxiety, depression) when what you really need to be treated for is iron deficiency. This will never be discovered unless your doctor performs an iron panel, something so simple that can actually save a life.

Iron Absorption and the Ironology Regimen

There are many factors that influence your body’s ability to absorb iron, including but not limited to: diet; choices and combinations of certain foods and beverages; timing of meals and dosing of iron supplements and other nutraceuticals and prescription medicines. What sets us apart is that we don’t just send you a bottle of supplements and wish you luck. We set our clients up for success with the ironologyregimen which accompanies every order of ironology Ferritin Boost and Iron Block™. Each regimen contains specific guidelines and tips based on many years of iron research and experience. You’ll have the absolute best change ever at achieving iron balance and getting your life back. Most importantly, whether you are suffering from Anemia or Iron Deficiency, Ferritin Boost™can help!

1 comment

Feb 16, 2018 • Posted by Lea Barone

I have Thalassemia Anemia, is this something I can benefit from taking?

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