Following a diet which contains healthy iron levels are of utmost importance for everyone. Iron assist producing the body’s red blood cells which are responsible for carrying oxygen to your entire body from the lungs. Therefore, it is vital to people suffering from CKD (chronic kidney disease).
A low RBC count (red blood cells) may result in anaemia. Usually an individual who is suffering from this renal disorder would have a pale appearance, experience chest pains, light headedness, feels fatigued; the heart beats faster and is usually depressed.
EPO (erythproprotein) is produced by the kidneys. This protein is responsible to signal your body to create red blood cells. Chronic kidney disease decreases the kidneys ability to create EPO, which in turn deplete your red blood count which leads to anaemia. However, certain doctors may recommend using ESA (agents stimulating erythropoiesis) assisting erythproprotein. With an ESA-prescription a larger amount of iron is required to assist the EPO.
- The Measuring of Iron Levels
Measuring your body’s iron-level, it is necessary to know the level of your haemoglobin, which consist of oxygen and iron. A normal level of haemoglobin is as follows: 12.0 for women whilst for men 13.5. However, the TSAT (transferring saturation) as well as ferritin tests can also be used to measure your iron level. Your TSAT level should be at least 20%, whilst the ferritin-level must be at 100ng/ml, to be normal. In general doctors suggest an iron-level test on a monthly basis, till reaching a normal haemoglobin-level. After the goal haemoglobin-level is achieved, testing is suggested every 3-months.
- Low Iron Levels: The Treatments
Your medical professional will prescribe a plan for your treatment when you are experiencing low iron levels. It is highly likely that he/she will suggest that you should increase your consumption of foods rich in iron like green leafy vegetables, eggs, tofu and red meat like steak. You can also consult with a dietician to establish a suitable diet for your chronic renal disorder. Your doctor may also prescribe a mineral and multivitamin supplement which contains vitamins A, B, folic acid and iron. Your general medical professional may also prefer to administer iron injections. Take into consideration that iron supplements consumed by mouth can have an influence on other medication you are using. It is advisable to always ask your dietician or doctor for advice regarding contra-indications.
However, research is conducted on a constant basis to find improved medications to assist people suffering from CKD, with insufficient iron levels. Should you stumble over some new treatments it is advisable not to take such new supplements without consulting your doctor.