Iron Panel with Ferritin
An iron panel is used to screen for iron deficiency and test to Iron is essential for health and required for hundreds of biological functions. Iron deficiency often develops gradually, so most people don’t even realize they have a problem. People may blame their shortness of breath, restless leg syndrome (RLS), low energy, feeling depressed, thinning hair, rapid heart rate, brain fog and other things, not realizing that low iron could be the underlying cause.
Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia. It affects more than twice as many women as men. Globally, iron-deficiency anemia accounts for at least 50% of all cases of anemia, with an estimated 1.62 billion people struggling with low iron.
- Total Iron
- Iron Binding Capacity
- % Saturation (calculated)
Fasting: You can fast (nothing to eat for 12 hours), or the test may be done 2-6 hours after eating. While taking the test 2-6 hours after eating provides a more realistic assessment of your iron status in everyday life, either way will give helpful information.
Water: Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
Medications: Take all medications as prescribed.
Dietary supplements: If you take an iron dietary supplement, do not take it the day of the blood test.
Special considerations: If you donate blood or have a blood transfusion, wait for one week before taking this test.
2-3 business days
Result turnaround times are estimates and not guaranteed. Due to factors outside of our control, such as weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing or equipment maintenance, our lab may require additional time to complete tests.
Your red blood cell’s ability to carry oxygen requires iron. Your ability to create hormones such as thyroid hormone, dopamine and epinephrine depend on having enough iron. Iron is required to create, protect and repair your genes, to produce energy and for your muscles to work properly.
Among its symptoms, iron deficiency causes:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart rate
- Difficulty processing information (brain fog)
- Decreased memory (forgetfulness)
- Feeling cold
Because these symptoms have many other possible causes, iron deficiency often goes unrecognized. Although symptoms of iron deficiency and anemia can be subtle and vague, they can be dangerous. Pregnant women with untreated anemia are at risk of having a premature birth, a low-birth-weight baby or a stillbirth.
Children with untreated iron deficiency anemia can develop lifelong developmental disorders because iron is critical for brain development during childhood. Anemia also puts a strain on the heart and can lead to an irregular heartbeat or heart failure in adults. Anemia in the elderly is associated with disability, physical decline and increased risk of dying.
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