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What is ferritin in a blood test?
Ferritin is a blood protein that stores, transports, and releases iron in the body. A ferritin blood test is used to check whether you have enough iron stored in your blood.
What diseases can a ferritin test detect?
A ferritin test examines if you are anemic or at risk of developing the condition. If the test reveals that your blood ferritin level is lower than normal, it indicates your body's iron stores are low and you may be anemic. As a result, it’s recommended for you to talk to your doctor to discuss a plan.
What is the difference between a ferritin and an iron blood test?
Iron is a critical mineral present in red blood cells that aids in oxygen transport around the body. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron. Therefore, testing for ferritin is the best way to tell the overall iron status in your body. If the results are lower or higher than normal, further testing should be done to find the underlying cause of the deviations.
Who should get their blood ferritin tested?
If you’re presenting symptoms of either low or high levels of iron, you should get your blood ferritin tested.
Low iron levels can lead to:
High iron levels are characterized by:
- Joint pain
- Abdominal pain
- Lack of energy
- Unexplained weight loss
Do I need to visit a doctor?
Nope. You don't need a doctor's visit to get a test with us.
How do I get my results?
You'll get your results via email as soon as they are available. We will notify you via SMS as well. You can also see them at any time in the future right in your dashboard where you can easily share them with your professional and compare them side by side with future tests.
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