This test measures serum ferritin levels, primarily to determine the amount of iron in the blood. Ferritin is a protein found in cells, and it is responsible for storing iron, releasing it when necessary, and regulating it to prevent iron overload and iron deficiency. Iron overload corresponds to high ferritin levels. Its occurrence is due to the absorption of amounts that exceed the body’s requirements. Uncontrolled iron intake paves the way for a damaging buildup in the organs. Iron deficiency is directly related to low ferritin levels. Its occurrence is usually due to insufficient diet, but it can also be caused by conditions like pregnancy, chronic blood loss borne by peptic ulcer, and celiac disease that limits the body’s absorption ability. If left unaddressed, iron deficiency leads to anemia. Symptoms include weakness, dizziness, headaches, and pallor.
Why Take the Ferritin Test?
This offers insight on blood health with respect to the presence of iron in the body. It also shows the ferritin levels per se, the low values of which indicate vitamin C deficiency, hypothyroidism, or a number of other conditions.
Ferritin test results arrive within one (1) business day.