Ferritin Blood Test
Measure the amount of ferritin in your blood
- Check your iron levels
- Accurate results
- Same-day appointment
Ferritin is a blood protein that contains iron. It is used to determine how much iron your body is storing.
It is also known as an acute phase reactant. This means that, during inflammation, the body’s ferritin levels will go up. This is why ferritin levels can be high in people with liver disease or cancer types, such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Should your ferritin blood test reveal that your blood ferritin level is lower than expected, it may indicate that your body’s iron stores are low and that you have an iron deficiency. This could mean that you are anaemic.
Symptoms of low ferritin could include:
If your ferritin blood test shows ferritin levels higher than expected, it could indicate that you have an underlying condition that causes your body to store too much iron.
It may also indicate liver disease, hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, or other inflammatory conditions. Some cancers may also increase your blood ferritin level.
Symptoms of excess ferritin could include:
The most likely causes of elevated ferritin levels are inflammation, obesity, and daily alcohol intake. The most common cause of genetic-related high ferritin levels is the condition hemochromatosis.
On average, the expected levels of ferritin are:
In some instances, your health care professional may ask you not to eat for at least 12 hours before your ferritin blood test, as it is believed that the test is more accurate when it is performed in the morning after you haven’t eaten for a while.
A Ferritin Blood Test is a usual blood test where your health care provider will take a small blood sample. The process only lasts around five minutes.
Should you wish to learn more about our ferritin blood tests, don’t hesitate to contact us via our contact form or telephone number.
Blood tests are ordered by the doctor as needed, based on the patient’s symptoms and concerns. Occasionally alternate or additional tests may be required for accurate diagnosis.