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The Importance of a Ferritin Blood Test

Sunday, 27 Apr 2014 09:09 PM

A ferritin blood test is conducted to assess the level of iron in the blood and to check whether there is a disorder of iron storage. Ferritin is basically a protein in the body that is bound to iron and most of the iron in the body is bound to ferritin. The level of ferritin in the blood shows the level of iron stored in the body. Conducting a ferritin blood test can help check this. A ferritin blood test is conducted for the following reasons:
  • To find the cause of iron deficiency anemia
  • To check whether the iron level in the body is too high
  • To check whether the treatment to reduce or increase the iron level in the body is working
 
What Does a Higher Ferritin Level Mean?

If the results of a ferritin blood test show that the ferritin level is too high, it means that the body has an iron storage disorder like hemochromatosis. In hereditary hemochromatosis, the body experiences higher levels of iron. This is genetic in nature. People suffering from high levels of iron absorb higher levels of iron from the intestines than required. This is a disorder that shows the following symptoms:
  • Heart failure
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Joint pain
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Fatigue, etc.
Hemochromatosis is an iron storage disorder in the body that can show symptoms of liver disorder, sexual disorder, and go as far as psychiatric disorder. A ferritin blood test is conducted to check the iron levels in the body when an individual starts to show some of the above symptoms.
 
A ferritin blood test is basically conducted to assess if the body is suffering from an iron storage disorder. In a ferritin blood test, venous blood is drawn similar to any other blood test. The normal levels of ferritin in a ferritin blood test result should be as follows:
  • 12 to 300 nanograms per milliliter of blood for men
  • 12 to 150 nanograms per milliliter of blood for women
If these levels are maintained, it proves that the individual is not suffering from any disorder.
The symptoms of an iron storage disorder occur because excess iron gets accumulated in the organs and this leads to the destruction of normal function. This is why it is important to conduct a ferritin blood test. This ferritin blood test informs the doctor if the patient has an iron storage disorder and the doctor can take necessary measures.

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A ferritin blood test is conducted to check whether an individual is suffering from an iron storage disorder. This test shows the results and the doctors can take remedial action, if required.
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