Hypothyroidism and Iron Levels
Anemia and Hemachromatosis
In addition to your doctor's recommendations regarding treatment for anemia and any suggested iron supplementation, you can also consider the following recommendations:
WARNING FOR THOSE ON THYROID HORMONE REPLACEMENT AND TAKING IRON
Be careful when adding iron to your diet if you are hypothyroid, however, as taking iron within four hours of taking your thyroid hormone may interefere with the absorption for your thyroid hormone, and make it less effective, making you more hypothyroid.
WARNING FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM
Pregnant women need to be particularly careful, as most prenatal vitamins contain iron. You should take your prenatal vitamin, but plan to take it at least three to four hours apart from taking your thyroid hormone, or the iron in your vitamin may interfere with your body's absorption of proper amounts of thyroid hormone. For more ideas on having a healthy pregnancy with hypothyroidism, see: ThyroidDisease and Pregnancy.
Another condition that is less common, but more frequently seen in people with hypothyroidism is hemochromatosis, an inherited disorder that results from excessive iron absorption from food. More common in those 40 to 60 years of age, and men are typically more symptomatic than women.
Symptoms of hemochromatosis include:
Treatment for hemachromatosis is a doctor-supervised program of giving blood, known as phlebotomy.
For more information on iron in the diet, anemia, hemachromatosis, and other iron disorders, see:
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