Full iron studies


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What is this test?

This test includes Ferritin and Iron levels.

Iron is an essential trace element that, among other functions, is needed in small quantities to help form normal red blood cells (RBCs). It forms a critical part of haemoglobin, the protein in your RBCs that binds oxygen in the lungs and releases it as the blood circulates to other parts of the body.

The body cannot produce iron and must take it up from the foods we eat or from supplements. Low levels of circulating and stored iron can lead to “iron deficiency anaemia”. Conversely, too much iron (iron overload) can be toxic to the body. Tight regulation of your iron balance in the body is therefore essential to avoid both low iron and excess iron levels. Iron can be found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, in meat, fish and tofu, and in liver, eggs, beans, and whole grains such as brown rice.

Iron is stored inside cells in a protein called ferritin.  When the body needs to make new red blood cells the iron stored in ferritin is released into the blood stream and transported to the bone marrow where blood cells are made. Your blood ferritin levels reflect the total amount of iron stored in the body. In iron deficiency anaemia, ferritin levels are usually low.

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