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so i have been having problems with low iron and I started taking prenatal vitamins and eatting foods high in iron, after 2 weeks of the prenatal vits i started iron vitamins also, but been doing some reading on the lovely web and found that havin high iron can cause cancer along with liver and kidney problems and many more so how would i no if my iron is bk to normal with out it getting to high? kinda scared here or do you know if there are at home test kits that will test for iron?

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Asked by theycallmemomie at 6:09 PM on Feb. 5, 2009 in Health

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  • well did you dr tell you to take prentals and extra iron? cause taking one or the other should be fine. i dont see why you would need to take both unless the dr said to do so.
    you can go to your local health dept and they can prick your finger to test your iron levels.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:13 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Taking iron on your own without a doctor's direction should be avoided. Go check in with your doctor to make sure you're doing the right thing. What made you think you're low on iron in the first place? If you're exhibiting signs of low iron you need to go and get checked out. If your levels are normal, ask to have your Ferritin levels checked. This is your body's storage of iron. Ferritin is the protein that allows your body to store iron. Often women who just had a baby will have normal iron levels but a low Ferritin level. You essentially do the same as what you're doing now, take an iron supplement, just a higher dosage to restore those reserves.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:12 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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