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Iron Status Blood Test - Anaemia and Fatigue

Iron Status Blood Test - Anaemia and Fatigue

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Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency globally, thought to affect at least 30% of the world's population. Often going undetected, iron deficiency can cause symptoms such as fatigue, physical weakness, a pale complexion, cognitive problems, and immune dysfunction.

The Iron Status Profile is a comprehensive evaluation of the amount and storage of iron in your body. Iron is an essential mineral used to produce haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen around your body.

The panel includes measurements of Iron, Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC), Ferritin, and Transferrin Saturation. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron, and its level in your blood gives a good indication of the amount of iron stored in your body. TIBC measures the total capacity of your blood to bind and transport iron, while Transferrin Saturation provides insight into the proportion of the iron transport protein, transferrin, that is actually carrying iron.

By regularly monitoring these markers, you can detect and address imbalances early, ensuring optimal vitality, physical and mental performance, and prolong healthspan.

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Markers Included In The Test

Ferritin: Ferritin is a blood protein that contains iron, and a ferritin test measures the amount of ferritin in your blood. This test is commonly used to assess the body's iron stores and is a useful tool in diagnosing and monitoring iron-related disorders. For example, High levels can indicate that you have a condition causing your body to store too much iron, while low levels can suggest iron deficiency anemia. Iron is vital for many bodily functions, including the production of red blood cells, essential for oxygen supply to your tissues.

Iron: Iron is a vital mineral that is required for the production of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues. Low iron levels can lead to iron deficiency anemia, causing fatigue and weakness.

Total Iron Binding Capacity: Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) measures the maximum amount of iron that can be bound by proteins in the blood, mainly by transferrin. High TIBC can indicate iron deficiency anemia, as the body tries to compensate for low iron levels by increasing its capacity to transport iron.

Transferrin Saturation: Transferrin Saturation (TSAT) is a test that measures the proportion of transferrin, a protein that transports iron in the blood, that is currently bound with iron. High TSAT can indicate iron overload, a condition that can damage organs like the heart and liver, while low TSAT can be a sign of iron deficiency. This test is often used in conjunction with other iron tests to diagnose and monitor conditions such as iron overload disorders, iron deficiency anemia, and malnutrition.