Why Would You Need An Iron Blood Test?
Having a blood test, if you’re experiencing symptoms believed to be a result of an imbalance in iron levels, can help you manage your symptoms better. Blood tests can determine both your iron and ferritin levels. Ferritin is a protein that is responsible for storing iron and regulating/ releasing iron in your body when it is needed.
Having too much iron or too little iron in your body can cause unpleasant physical symptoms that can be advised and controlled once you know your results. Find out more about each condition.
What Is An Iron Deficiency?
Iron is an important mineral in our bodies that is a key factor in making red blood cells. These red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. Usually, we can get enough iron from the food we eat but sometimes lifestyles or certain medical conditions can cause an iron deficiency. This is diagnosed and referred to as anemia.
Causes & Symptoms of Iron Deficiency
The most common causes of low iron include:
- Too little iron in the food we eat
- Heavy periods
- Conditions that limit absorption from food
- Any other scenario or condition where chronic blood loss is involved
Symptoms can include but are not limited to:
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations or fast heartbeat
- Consistent or extreme fatigue
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Irregular cravings