Published On: Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Haemoglobin is not always sign of iron deficit



Do you think haemoglobin levels designate iron status, you are wrong?  Whereas haemoglobin imitates if an individual is anaemic or not, it can or cannot essentially be a sign of your body’s iron stockpiles. You can have normal haemoglobin levels and yet have an iron shortage, a state also referred to as non-anaemic iron shortage.

The non-anaemic iron shortage was selected as a causal feature for disseminating hair loss in women in 1963. A lot of studies have also connected low ferritin levels to hair fall, lessening of hair, hair loss (alopecia), and tedious lifeless hair and lessening of dark hair.

Iron is stockpiled in the body as ferritin. Ferritin reports for 20 percent of overall iron in adults and performs a significant role both in assimilation and recycling of iron. It is crafted by intestinal mucosa, liver, spleen and bone marrow. Ferritin levels are a better sign of iron storage levels.

Stumpy ferritin levels show exhausted iron preserves, whereas lofty ferritin levels designate inflammation and can be a dangerous feature for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A higher-than-normal ferritin level can be because of any inflammatory state, alcoholic liver disease, regular blood transfusion or a lot of accumulated iron in the body (hemochromatosis).

Low iron accumulates or ferritin has been thought a likely donating feature in numerous other states, like muscle weakness, aching joints, breathlessness or heart palpitations, difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia), dry skin, sensitivity to cold temperature; pale pallor, thin, soft or brittle nails that don’t grow or may ’spoon’, ‘curl’-up or split, meaty tongue and a pale conjunctiva under the eye lids. The iron shortage is as well recognized to slow down the immune system, making the body much susceptible to infection — specifically thrush, chronic herpes, mouth ulcers or chronic ear infections. Thyroid, para-thyroid and adrenal gland work are as well affected by an inequity of iron. Ammehorea (loss of menstrual cycles) also appears with low iron accumulations. An inadequately understood behavior appeared amid iron deficient people is pica — the craving and use of ice, chalk, starch, clay, soil and further non-edible substances. The basic reason for low ferritin levels and hair loss involve heavy menstrual bleeding, crash-dieting, poor diets, parasitic infections, surgeries, severe illnesses, digestive tract bleeding, emotional stress, medications, specific health states such as malabsorption and thyroid irregularities or hormonal alterations.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.