Probably a question for Lisa - Supplements
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By MamaBear2_6 - 5/9/2013 7:06:58 AM
Thank you for the great information last night.  Who knew walking would be so difficult Wink

One question I had however, you mentioned about some people stop taking their supplements because having good "counts" with their blood work.  Well rest assured I won't stop taking my supplements but if my blood work comes back in a good range does that mean my body is doing what it is suppose to with the supplement and retaining the benefits?  The reason I'm asking is because I'm not on anything "extra".  Chris takes loads of calcium and iron but I take what I guess would be a regular amount and all the counts are fine with my last blood work.

I'm kind of neurotic to make sure I don't get sick or deplete my "stores" so I want to make sure that I am doing everything that I should be with my supplements and eating and all.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to answer.
By Nadia - 5/10/2013 1:17:53 AM
Marcey, That is a very good question and I have also pondered this.  Thanks for asking it.   I am looking forward to the answer.
By Lisa RD - 5/13/2013 5:32:31 AM
Marcey- One thing I tell patients is to keep track of their lab values for trending. In other words, if your iron levels for example are in the normal range, but significantly lower than they were, you may need more. For most values, towards the higher end of the range is good.  Does that help at all?   Lisa
By MamaBear2_6 - 5/15/2013 7:40:07 AM
Absolutely Lisa, it does very much. Mostly I am worried about the potassium supplement I am taking. I know too much is harmful as is not enough but now that I am 16 months out, I won't get blood work again until close to the end of the year for my 2 year visit.  My counts are good but I wondered if there would be something I need to look for to ensure I am not overdosing on potassium since my counts are good.  This is really the only thing I worry about at this point BigGrin

I do realize that patient/doctor confidentiality is an issue sometimes but if I have any disclaimers, for this I waive it if there is any question about my post.

Thanks so much!!!