Hi, I am a 17-year-old guy that recently tried to donate blood for the second time. I received a 9.7 for my blood iron level, down from 10.6 in November. My mother is anemic, and it runs in my family. With this low of a blood iron level, am I anemic? I seem to possess the symptoms of laziness, shortness of breath during exercise (really annoying because I like to exercise), etc. I also read that milk and caffeinated beverages can inhibit the absorption of iron into the body. Is that true? Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
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replied April 27th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Its low but other investigations like full blood count, total iron binding capacity and serum ferritin level should be done to confirm or refute the diagnosis. Carbonated beverages and caffeine decrease its absorption while lemon and vitamin C increase its absorption.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
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