Iron Deficiency Anaemia
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.