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    Why do I have low iron levels and ulcerative colitis?

    I constantly have low iron levels so every now and again I'm booked in to get iron infusion, my last blood test shows my iron level is low again and it's 8 what can I do to keep my levels in normal range? I don't tolerate iron tablets I eat red meat but not as much as I should as I found it hard to digest with my ulcerative colitis. What can I do to get levels in normal range?
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    Dr Guang Chen


    Dr Guang Chen is a proud Chinese Australian gastroenterologist and hepatologist practising in Western Sydney. He then completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine, gastroenterology … View Profile

    Iron deficiency can be associated with inflammatory bowel disease. Good disease control will help with iron loss from the UC. There may be other reasons for iron deficiency. I would suggest you speak to your doctor about excluding other causes of iron loss (eg heavy periods) or poor absorption.  

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