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What’s The Difference Between Ferritin And Iron?

If you’ve ever had a blood test to identify whether you might be suffering with anaemia or an iron overload, you may already have come across ferritin. But what is the difference between ferritin and iron?

This article explains what ferritin is, how it differs from iron and the symptoms iron deficiency and low and high ferritin levels.

What is 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.

Best Indicator Of Iron Deficiency

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.

You can track your Ferritin level through a simple at home finger prick blood test.

Low Ferritin Levels - Symptoms

If you have low ferritin levels, you may experience symptoms including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of Breath

High Ferritin Levels - Symptoms

An iron overload, known as haemochromatosis 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

How To Test Your Ferritin 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 UK accredited lab for analysis.

Your results will be available with 24-48 hrs on your own personal health dashboard.

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Check your ferritin levels at home with our ferritin blood test to find out if you’re iron deficient. If you’re feeling fatigued or lacking energy, your iron stores could be low.
Check if you body has sufficient iron.
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