If you’ve ever sought a blood test to identify whether you might be suffering with anaemia or even an iron overload, you may already have come across ferritin.
Ferritin is not iron but is a protein in the body which contains iron. As ferritin is the main form in which iron is stored in the body the amount of ferritin which is found in the blood reflects the amount of total iron which is available to your body. Ferritin releases this iron as the body requires it for things like the production of new red blood cells.
Ferritin is therefore the best indicator of iron deficiency. By assessing the levels of ferritin in the body, you can clearly identify whether you might be iron deficient or even have levels that are raised.
If a ferritin test comes back showing a risk of iron deficiency, further tests may be suggested by a medical professional, including a test for iron itself.
Low Ferritin Levels - Symptoms
If you have low ferritin levels, you may experience symptoms including:
- Shortness of Breath
High Ferritin Levels - Symptoms
An iron overload, known as haemochromotosis is an inherited condition which can result in symptoms such as:
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Abdominal pains
- The loss of body hair
- Pains in the joints
- Reduced libido
Want to find out if you are low on iron or monitor your iron levels?
You can gain insight to your ferritin levels quickly and easily with a home finger-prick test kit.
Simply collect a small sample of blood at home and post it direct to our accredited lab for analysis.
Your results will be available with 24-48 hrs on your own personal health dashboard.