What does it test for?
The Iron Check tests the level of iron in the blood to determine if you are at risk of iron deficiency anemia or iron overload, known as hemochromatosis.
- Iron: is measured in the body by examining iron that is attached to the protein transferrin.
- Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC): is a measure of all of the available proteins for transporting iron around the body. This indirectly tests transferrin levels in the body.
- Ferritin: Ferritin stores iron in the body. Ferritin is tested to identify the storage capacity of iron in the body.
- Transferrin Saturation: Transferrin is the primary carrier of proteins around the body, it is formed in the liver and it’s main function is transporting iron around the body.
Who should get tested?
You should get an iron check…
- if you are suffering from symptoms associated with iron deficiency anemia
- if you are vegetarian
- if you frequently donate blood
- if you are a woman, you are more likely to suffer from iron deficiency due to heavy menstrual period, hormonal imbalances caused by contraception, alcohol and tobacco abuse
- if you are suffering from fatigue, low energy or low mood.
- if you are suffering from symptoms associated with hemochromatosis
- if you have a family history of hemochromatosis
- if you are a man you are more likely to suffer from hemochromatosis, as women lose iron during their menstrual cycles, they are less likely to suffer from iron overload
- if you are from Northern Europe, you are more likely to suffer from hemochromatosis
What are the symptoms?
What are the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?
- Cold hands and feet
- Brittle nails
- Cravings for non-food sustenance such ad dirt or ice
- Extreme fatigue and weakness
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Sore or swollen tongue
What are the symptoms of iron overload (hemochromatosis)
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Loss of libido
- Heart failure
- Liver failure