Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron is an essential mineral in your body, with a very important role.  If your body doesn’t have enough iron it can’t produce healthy red blood cells – this can prevent your cells from getting enough oxygen, making you feel tired and lethargic. Iron deficiency is thought to be the most common cause of anaemia globally.

Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Includes 4 readings to check the levels of iron in your blood, together with the total iron binding capacity (TIBC). 

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Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Doctor Cullimore says “Dietary iron exists in two forms – haem, which is usually only found in meat, and non-haem, found in cereals, eggs, nuts, vegetables, fish and meat.  This test can help identify iron deficiency anaemia or haemochromatosis, otherwise known as iron overload syndrome.  The symptoms of a deficiency and an overload of iron in your body are similar, including fatigue, difficulty concentrating, muscle weakness and a low mood.  Iron deficiency is thought to be the most common cause of anaemia globally.  In fact, research suggests that around 30% of people may have anaemia due to a long-term deficiency. Deficiencies are also very common in pregnant woman. On the other hand, iron overload syndrome is an inherited condition causing your body to store excess iron. And high levels of iron could also suggest a problem with your liver.”

All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.

Which readings are included?

Iron is the main component of haemoglobin, the substance in your red blood cells which transports oxygen from your lungs around your body.
TIBC measures your blood’s capacity to bind iron with transferrin, a protein which transports iron around your body. This will show you how much iron your body is able to carry through your blood.
Transferrin is a protein of the beta globulin group which binds and transports iron in your blood. High or low levels can indicate an iron overload or deficiency.
Ferritin is a protein which stores iron in the tissues of your body for controlled release later. As well as being a marker for inflammation, high or low levels can help indicate iron overload, liver damage or anaemia.

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