Because of iron loss during menses, iron deficiency is especially common in women. It's also very common in fibromyalgia.
Iron and iodine are critical for optimal thyroid function. Iron is also critical for making red blood cells. Because of this, optimizing iron levels can have a significant impact on improving how you feel. There are six signs that suggest you may have iron deficiency. If you have any of these, you should have your doctor order a blood test called a "ferritin level" test to check your iron levels (this is really the correct iron test—ironically, an iron level by itself is pretty meaningless). But if you have this test, be careful of the evaluation you receive. Some doctors consider this test to be normal if it's over 8. Iron researchers say this is insane, and that 60 or higher is actually the optimal number! So if your doctor says your test result is normal, ask for the actual ferritin result and make sure that it's 60 or higher.
What's Your Alzheimer's Risk? (66 second quiz)
As you age, you become increasingly more forgetful … but when do those "senior moments" indicate a more serious memory problem?
This Week's Specials
Balanced Diet Tip
Consultations With Dr. T
I treat people with CFS and fibromyalgia all over the world by providing consultations over the phone or in person, with a comprehensive "new patient" consultation session including four hours of one-on-one time with me. During this initial session, I'll review your medical lab records, thoroughly discuss the experiences you've had with this illness, answer all of your questions, and recommended a detailed treatment protocol for your case.
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.