Symptoms of latent iron deficiency are found in 96% of people who consult me. Iron plays a major role in the synthesis of sex hormones (sex hormones, cortisol, thyroid hormones) that are involved in the regulation of our weight. Some patients are prescribed: https://pillintrip.com/medicine/hemofer.
If you have a reduced level of sex hormones, the gynecologist immediately offered to take oral contraceptives or drugs sex hormones, without understanding the true causes of the decrease in their levels. Many of the girls and women who come to me begin to put on weight as a result of taking these drugs! That is why I always suggest not rushing to take them, and find out why it has happened so that you are only 28 years old, and you already have premenopausal hormone levels.
One of the reasons is iron deficiency. There are many reasons, we find them out when we do tests, but iron levels are also important. And with intrauterine devices, birth control pills, and uterine fibroids, iron loss during menstruation increases from 15 mg to 40-100 mg per day. And a loss of more than 2 mg per day leads to iron deficiency, because more from foods cannot be absorbed.
How can iron deficiency be diagnosed by tests?
Note, hemoglobin is not an indicator of iron deficiency! If you have only a clinical blood test, then assess in it the following indicators:
erythrocyte count -3.8-5.8*1012/l;
Color index – > 0.85;
mean erythrocyte volume (MCV) >85 fl;
mean erythrocyte hemoglobin content (MCH) ≥ 27 pg;
mean erythrocyte hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) > 300 g/l;
erythrocyte volume distribution <16%.
If at least 1 indicator is out of these numbers, take a biochemical blood test for serum iron and ferritin levels.