Optimal iron levels?

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Optimal iron levels?

Postby tryingtobehealthy » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:33 pm

Hi,
Does anyone know optimal iron levels? I couldn’t find it in the End of Alzheimer’s book or in a search of the internet. I’m 48, female, menopausal and 3/4. Just had my iron tested and I’m low.

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Re: Optimal iron levels?

Postby Plumster » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:13 am

Hi Tryingtobehealthy,

Do you mean ferritin levels? We've discussed ferritin on a few threads here. Low ferritin is good in some ways (AD prevention), though you don't want it too low or it'll affect your thyroid.
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Re: Optimal iron levels?

Postby slacker » Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:49 pm

tryingtobehealthy wrote:Hi,
Does anyone know optimal iron levels? I couldn’t find it in the End of Alzheimer’s book or in a search of the internet. I’m 48, female, menopausal and 3/4. Just had my iron tested and I’m low.


You might want to read this thread about balancing ferritin levels; not too high and not too low. Ferritin measures iron storage, but can also be high due to general inflammation. Since you are on the low for iron, elevated ferritin is not an issue for you.
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Re: Optimal iron levels?

Postby Family Tree Guy » Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:16 pm

Slacker- thanks for posting link to that old thread. Some great info there!

I personally donate blood regularly in order to keep my iron levels relatively low in the hopes that this will help to prevent AD. Based on my reading, the scientific literature is somewhat mixed on this strategy, but there is certainly some papers that strongly support the concept. As to the question of what is optimal? I can say that most of the literature suggests 'not too high' for sure. Excess iron is found in autopsied AD brains, but no clear definitive explanation can describe why. Very low levels (just above anemic) may not be optimal though...

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Re: Optimal iron levels?

Postby slacker » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:32 am

Family Tree Guy wrote:
I personally donate blood regularly in order to keep my iron levels relatively low in the hopes that this will help to prevent AD.


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Re: Optimal iron levels?

Postby tryingtobehealthy » Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:42 pm

thank you so much for the replies, so helpful.


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