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    Lord knows, I don't have any expertise in any of this. I just pulled the Merck Medical Manual off the shelf and gave it a look.

    This is what it said. If you're iron is slowly falling, it's because you're not ingesting enough, or you're not absorbing it, or you're losing it through occult blood loss.

    Of these possibilities, the most catastrophic of them is slow blood loss from occult colon cancer.

    You're 51. Have you ever had a colonoscopy?

    Occasionally iron malabsorption is the first manifestation of celiac disease, not rare among white folk.

    That's what the manual said. It's not meant to be medical advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Lord knows, I don't have any expertise in any of this. I just pulled the Merck Medical Manual off the shelf and gave it a look.

    This is what it said. If you're iron is slowly falling, it's because you're not ingesting enough, or you're not absorbing it, or you're losing it through occult blood loss.

    Of these possibilities, the most catastrophic of them is slow blood loss from occult colon cancer.

    You're 51. Have you ever had a colonoscopy?

    Occasionally iron malabsorption is the first manifestation of celiac disease, not rare among white folk.

    That's what the manual said. It's not meant to be medical advice.
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    Thanks.

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    Get some PH strips (you can get them at Whole Foods) and check your PH.
    If your PH is off, it can reduce the amount of some nutrients that you absorb.
    Your friendly, local, minor god of information.

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    FYI I'm a veterinarian and I think this thread is completely insane. Ask your doctor. The one who ordered the tests. Not some other doctor or people on the internet. All blood tests are interpreted in the light of a physical exam, medical history, consideration of the patient's age and sex (an in my case, species) and any symptoms the patient is exhibiting.

    If your doctor does not know the answer to your questions and feels there is a problem, ask for a referral to a specialist who can answer your questions.

    Anybody who attempts to answer OP's questions on this board is doing him a disservice IMO. Medical degrees and residencies take a long time. Why? Because the ability to interpret something like this is way more complicated that a google search might imply.

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