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Low Iron VS constipation

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4 years out and my low iron (pre and post op) is no better. If not for Covid, the hematologist would give me an infusion and then see what the iron level would do.  Increasing my iron resulted in the dreaded constipation.  So does anybody have an iron that doesn't constipate?  I eat salad with spinach and carrot sticks daily but dropped my iron back to once a day and I'm about to drop it to every other day.  Any suggestions will be appreciated.

 

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I had a bit of an iron issue early post-WLS - this might help:  
 

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Iron is typically absorbed in the duodenum and proximal small intestine but this part of the intestine is typically 'bypassed' In a RNY.

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Carbonyl (and/or polysaccharide iron) -  it's the least abdominally distressing (for me and most bariatric patients I know) and is 100% bioavailable so if you take 60 mg of carbonyl or polysaccharide iron, you'll get 60 mg of iron unlike other forms of iron.  


Ferrous fumarate has approximately 33% elemental iron.
Ferrous sulfate has 20% elemental iron.
Ferrous gluconate has 12% elemental iron.

 


 

 

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Thank  you Cinwa, I appreciate the info.

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