these are just from a random google:
My blood work results says my Iron, Serum is 164 ug/dl with reference range of 35-155 ug/dl. I am a 49 yr, old white female, 5`7" AT 130 lbs avg. weight. I am very active, and have no symptoms. Is this something I should worry about or have further testing done?
The serum level of 164 ug/dl does appear slightly high. I would usually recommend in this situation to repeat a serum iron with a total iron binding capacity and maturation index. Along with these tests, I would also obtain a ferritin level. With all of these tests in combination, one can get a better idea of whether or not an iron overload state is indeed present.
If such is the case, further work-up with an expert in hemochromatosis would be appropriate to consider genetic testing or other possible causes for iron overload.
http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics ... romatosis/
Hemochromatosis is a common blood disorder that is easy to treat, but low on the list of suspected diseases when patients have vague symptoms. Characterized by iron overload in the blood, it could be the culprit for such otherwise unexplained symptoms as fatigue, joint pain, and infertility issues. Over time, the toxic effects of the excess iron can lead to damaging diseases like diabetes, congestive heart failure, and endocrine system problems.
http://womenshealth.about.com/od/common ... erload.htm
People of European descent are most likely to have the gene mutation that causes iron overload which can lead to hemochromatosis... other non-genetic causes may occur such as complications from other blood disorders, chronic transfusion therapy, chronic hepatitis, and excessive iron intake.
and once the ladies stop losing iron regularly...
The mean serum ferritin concentration in postmenopausal women was more than twice that in premenopausal women... Our results suggest that iron overload seems unlikely among middle aged women through their diet and nutritional supplement.