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by Anonymous Coward
We had a similar story.
The amazing thing is... once you have been through this ... you can look around and kind of predict who else might be having Ferritin iron deficiency issues. The symptoms are somewhat general and can be confused with exhaustion, lack of sleep, fatigue, stress, but if you know the runner and their situation ... iron deficiency (Ferritin) is quite possible.
It is both a guy and a girl problem ... but more prevalent in girls.
Also, research shows that iron deficiency (Ferritin below ~35) is more common than thought in athletes, most notably in endurance athletes (runners, soccer players, etc.) The problem is, waiting until the season is in full swing to find out you have an issue is too late. It can take a while (months) to get Ferritin levels back up.
Careful with the general practitioners (following a standard protocol) who say Ferritin of ~30 is fine (maybe for the general public) ... do your own homework/research. Get an opinion from someone who works with female athletes.
Looks like goal should be Ferritin of 50+ for serious athletes from what we hear as well.
Posted on Dec 7, 2011, 1:39 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11