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Womens Low Iron Study

STUDY IS FOR: Women in the Tampa Bay, FL area who suspect or know they are low in iron but NOT diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. 

  • AGE18 years old through to pre-menopause (so age range will vary) 

  • PRODUCT: Liquid iron supplement

  • DURATION: 8 Weeks

  • START DATE: JANUARY 2022

  • # OF ONSITE TESTING VISITS: Up to 4  total visits ((prescreen, baseline, week 4 and week 8)

  • LOCATION: ASPI (Tampa, FL)

  • PAYMENT FOR PARTICIAPTION: $25 per visit (excluding the prescreening for participation - no payment for seeing if you are eligible but you will get your free results)

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CRITERIA

  • Women in/around the Tampa Bay, FL area

  • Must be willing and able to take a daily liquid iron supplement directed. 

This protocol is deemed appropriate for:

  • Healthy women 18+ who experience regular periods

  • Non-anemic iron deficiency (defined as hemoglobin > 11g/dL, serum ferritin <40 ng/mL, and tSAT < 20%) - if you have recent blood work or can get it from your doctor than we can accept that as a prescreen, otherwise there will be an in-person blood draw for prescreening purposes. 

  • BMI 1-29 kg/m2 (Click here to calculate BMI)

  • No intake of dietary supplements containing iron 30 days prior to the start of the study (date is TBD but likely in  early Feb)

TESTING WILL INVOLVE:

  • Prescreen - a fingerpick to test Hemoglobin & a questionnaire. If you are a candidate, then a full blood draw for serum ferritin level for baseline testing. If you have this blood work from your doctor already please email to Hello@BrianaMichel.com with your name and the subject line "Iron results" and this may serve as your prescreen. 

  • DXA scan (bone density, fat and lean mass - you will receive a detailed print out of your scan). This takes place during baseline testing

  • Blood draws are on site at baseline and week 8 only

  • At week #4 participants will come in for a mid-way check-in, questionnaire and additional supplement supply (no blood draw on this day)

 

TESTING WILL EXAMINE:

  • Hemoglobin Levels: Normal serum iron level for women is 60 mcg/dL to 140 mcg/dL. We are looking for women over 120 mcg/dL (tested by finger prick on site)

  • Serum Ferritin: -We are looking for women less than or equal to 40 mcg/dL (Ferritin is a blood protein that contains iron, your levels indicate how much iron your body stores. Tested by blood draw if participant passes fingerpick screening)

  • GOALS:

    • 1) See how well iron levels improve over 8 weeks when pre-menopausal women take a liquid iron supplement as directed.

    • 2) Are women able to avoid the pitfalls of some standard formulation iron pills, such as constipation.

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