Anaemia

There are several different types of anaemia and I need to work on this page to explain them all for you. 

 

Meantime, here are a few blog posts I've written that should help start you off ...

 

Iron Anaemia Not Resolving: Try Vitamin A

 

New Active B12 and Anaemia Tests

 

Get Your Iron Levels Up With Dairy Free Liver Pate

 

Which Is Worst Sign of Coeliac Damage: Diarrhoea or Anaemia?

 

B12 Deficiency: Fatigue, Muscle Pain, Brain Fog, Neuropathy

 

 

Also, you can find the main Anaemia Test in the Nutrient Tests section of the shop. This is a cutting edge test that includes active B12 and red blood cell folate as well as a full bloods count with an inflammatory marker, which means you can rely on the results more. Have a read.

Iron anaemia testing

Here's a useful small piece from Nutrigold about low iron. Note here the mention of low ferritin. I find that iron anaemia is often missed or mis-diagnosed. The general rule I go by is:

 

  • If ferritin is below 70 and the ESR inflammation marker is OK, you could still need iron supplementation.
  • If the ESR marker is high, sometimes it can make the ferritin look artificially high too so watch out for that.
  • Transferrin saturation should be about 35-45% so any lower than that can still suggest an issue.

REPORT SUGGESTS IRON COULD REDUCE FATIGUE IN UP TO 50% OF WOMEN WHO HAVE LOW IRON LEVELS!

 
Report suggests Iron could reduce fatigue in up to 50% of women who have low iron levels!

Iron supplementation has been shown in a clinical trial to reduce fatigue by 50% in iron-deficient women. This means that supplements are a proven aid in improving iron levels and a major symptom of iron deficiency.

The 198 women involved were all menstruating women between the ages of 18 and 50 who were low in iron, but who had not been diagnosed as anaemic. They all, however, suffered from fatigue and low levels of ferritin, the protein that iron binds to in the body.

 

After 12 weeks of supplementation, fatigue levels had improved by almost 50%. Within 6 weeks of supplementation, blood tests showed improved levels of both ferritin and haemoglobin.

 

The randomized double blind placebo controlled trial has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Iron deficiency may be an under-recognized cause of fatigue in women of child-bearing age," write the authors. "If fatigue is not due to secondary causes, the identification of iron deficiency as a potential cause may prevent inappropriate attribution of symptoms to putative emotional causes or life stressors, thereby reducing the unnecessary use of health care resources, including inappropriate pharmacologic treatments," conclude the authors.

B12 Resources & Testing

This is an excellent resource site for B12 deficiency generally and will help you determine signs, symptoms, testing and treatment. All the tests mentioned pretty much are available through the shop. 

 

You can see the red cell folate and active B12 above in the Anaemia Test and you can get Active B12 done separately if needed. See the Nutrient Tests section here.

 

There, you will also find MMA (methylmalonic acid) test, which can be done separately or with B12.

 

Homocysteine is here. As are the methylation profiles.

 

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