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Gh ferritin levels, 900

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High ferritin levels, 900
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How to treat and how serious is it
Expert:  Dr Anil Kumar replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

Are the rest of your iron studies high?
TIBC, percent saturation, serum iron?

Overweight?

Any other medical history?

Are you taking any medications or supplements?

Thanks.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This is for my son. No all other results are normal. Symptoms are debilitating flu like that come out of nowhere and can last up to six to eight weeks, sometimes less, and then vanish as they came. Poor sleep also.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No supplements at the moment.
Expert:  Dr Anil Kumar replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

I understand your concern.

Ferritin is a form of iron storage, but it tends to go up during times of illness or inflammation. As he is suffering from recurrent infection for last few weeks so his doctor may order other tests (such as CRP or ESR) to evaluate for the underlying cause of inflammation/infection.

High ferritin could be due to excess iron consumption orally (too much non veg, iron fortified cereals, etc.) and even due to megaloblastic anemia (B 12 deficiency).
Rarely, people have a genetic problem where their body absorbs too much iron (known as hemachromatosis). Very high iron and ferritin levels can be a sign of this.

Avoid iron fortified foods (such as cereals), red meats, liver, seafood, vitamin C and alcohol.

There is nothing you can personally do to bring this level down until you know why it is up.
I would return to your doctor for further evaluation and management.

Hope this helps.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
An endocrinologist suggested he takes adrenal support supplements which contain bovine extracts, and rodiola rosea. What do you think?
Our GP in London does not think anything of it and as usual puts it down to stress. This has been going on for two years. Should he see a blood specialist?
Expert:  Dr Anil Kumar replied 1 year ago.

I don't recommend this supplement as it can cause insomnia and as he is already having poor sleep so avoid it.

See a blood specialist for further evaluation.

Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr Anil Kumar replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much you have been very helpful.