Iron Status Profile (AKA: Fe Tests, Iron Indices)

You need iron to make red blood cells. Iron is also an important part of hemoglobin, a protein in your blood that helps carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.

Uses of Iron Status Profile;

  • To evaluate your body’s current level of iron.
  • To help diagnose iron deficiency or iron overload.
  • Iron tests evaluate the amount of iron in the body by measuring several substances in the blood.

Need to get tested, if you have;

Symptoms of low iron:

Symptoms of high iron:

Other related Iron tests;

  • Serum iron test—It measures the level of iron in the liquid portion of the blood.
  • Transferrin test— It directly measures the level of transferrin in the blood. Transferrin is the protein that transports iron around in the body.
  • TIBC (total iron-binding capacity)It measures the total amount of iron that can be bound by proteins in the blood.
  • UIBC (unsaturated iron-binding capacity)The UIBC test determines the reserve capacity of transferrin, i.e., the portion of transferrin that has not yet been saturated with iron. UIBC also reflects transferrin levels.
  • Transferrin saturation— a calculation that reflects the percentage of transferrin that is saturated with iron (100 x serum iron/TIBC).
  • Serum ferritinIt reflects the amount of stored iron in the body.
  • Absorbing too much iron over time can lead to the progressive buildup of iron compounds in organs and may eventually cause their dysfunction and failure. 

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