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    What is a Iron Profile Test?

    The Iron Profile test is a series of blood tests that measure the levels of iron and iron-binding proteins in your body. Iron is an important mineral that plays a vital role in the production of red blood cells and the transportation of oxygen throughout the body. If iron levels are either too low or too high can lead to health issues such as iron metabolism disorders, iron deficiency anaemia and iron overload.

    The Iron Profile test is a simple blood test that evaluates the iron levels in the blood, the levels of protein transferrin which is the main iron-transporting protein, and the ability of iron to bind to this protein. Evaluating these parameters collectively helps pinpoint the nature and extent of iron-related abnormalities, guiding appropriate treatment and management strategies.

    Iron Profile Test Parameters

    The Iron Profile blood test typically includes a set of tests that check for several parameters. These are:

    If you’re looking to get a comprehensive Iron Profile test at home, consider reaching out to Orange Health Labs for convenient home sample collection services. With Orange Health Labs, monitoring your iron levels is easy and reliable, ensuring peace of mind regarding your health.

    Serum iron

    It measures the amount of iron in your blood.

    Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC)

    This test assesses how well iron attaches to proteins including transferrin and reflects on the body’s iron reserve.

    Transferrin saturation

    This is a ratio of serum iron levels and the TIBC. This test measures the percentage of transferrin that is bound to iron.

    Unsaturated iron-binding capacity (UIBC)

    This test measures how much of a protein called transferrin is available to carry iron in your blood.

    Iron Profile Test Preparation

    Before undergoing an Iron Profile blood test, here are some factors to consider:

    Prerequisites

    No fasting or special preparation is necessary for the Iron Profile test. Just inform your healthcare provider about all vitamins, medications, supplements and herbs you're taking, including non-prescription drugs and any illicit substances before getting the test done.

    Best time to get tested

    Iron levels are typically highest in the morning and decrease as the day progresses, hence the test is mostly done in the mornings. Your doctor is the best person to advise you on the timing of your test.

    Eligibility for Iron Profile test

    The Iron Profile blood test is typically done when your full blood count cells show some abnormality with the red cell counts. Additionally, testing may be required if you have symptoms of either low or high iron levels as mentioned below.

    Cautions before taking Iron Profile test

    No precautions are necessary before undergoing the Iron Profile test.

    Why Take a Iron Profile Test?

    If your doctor suspects your iron levels are too low or high, they may recommend these tests, especially if you’re pregnant. Low iron levels during pregnancy increase the risk of developmental delays in babies. Symptoms of low iron include getting sick often, feeling tired, tongue swelling, feeling cold, struggling at school or work and in kids, it can lead to delayed learning. Iron overload can cause joint pain, abdominal pain and tiredness.

    Other than these symptoms, the Iron Profile blood test is important for several reasons such as

    • Tracking iron overload conditions: High iron levels could indicate hereditary hemochromatosis, a condition that can harm organs if not treated.

    • Diagnosing iron deficiency anaemia: Low levels of iron can lead to anaemia, which can cause fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms.

    • Evaluating iron levels in chronic conditions: Some chronic illnesses like kidney disease or inflammatory bowel disease can impact iron levels and need monitoring.

    • Evaluate for restless legs syndrome, characterized by leg tingling or burning sensations.

    • Monitoring iron therapy: The test can help determine the effectiveness of iron supplementation or iron-chelation therapy (for iron overload).

    • Identifying underlying causes: Abnormal iron levels may indicate underlying conditions such as liver diseases.

    Iron Profile Test Results & Interpretation

    Understanding the implications of an Iron Profile test in Bangalore result is crucial as it reflects the level of iron in the body. Here's what your results might signify:

    Iron Profile TestBiological Reference
    Serum Iron Test49-181 µg/dL
    Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)261-462 µg/dL
    Unbound Iron Binding Capacity (UIBC)110-370 µg/dL
    Transferrin Saturation16-55 %

    To understand your Iron Profile blood test results, your doctor will look at your age, symptoms, medical history, and other blood tests. If your iron levels are low, it might mean you have iron deficiency anaemia or thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder, where the body produces fewer healthy red blood cells than normal. You may require further tests for diagnosing thalassemia. If your iron levels are high, it could indicate conditions like liver disease, hemochromatosis, or lead poisoning. However, abnormal iron test results don't always mean you have a health problem. Hormonal changes during menstruation or certain medications, like birth control pills, can also affect iron levels.

    TIBC can also be affected by oestrogens and oral contraceptives. Transferrin saturation occurs in conditions like idiopathic hemochromatosis and transfusional hemosiderosis.

    Irrespective of your test outcomes, it is crucial to schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider for additional assessment and suitable care.

    Listed below are the steps to book any blood test or health checkup on our platform

    • Search for the test: Look for the Ferritin Test in Bangalore or at home and click on Orange Health’s listing.

    • Review and Book: Select the test, check the test prerequisites, enter your address, and confirm the booking after picking a suitable time slot for sample collection.

    • Sample Collection: Our skilled eMedic will arrive within your chosen time slot to collect the sample at your home.

    • Lab Processing: The collected sample will be sent to and examined at our NABL accredited and ICMR approved labs.

    • Receive Results: You will receive your reports via email or WhatsApp within 6 hours. They will also be available on our app

    • Serum Iron Test: 49-181 µg/dL

    • Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC): 261-462 µg/dL

    • Transferrin Saturation: 16-55%

    • Unbound Iron Binding Capacity (UIBC): 110-370 µg/dL

    • Hemochromatosis

    • Iron deficiency anaemia

    • Thalassemia

    • Liver disease

    Symptoms of anaemia include

      Iron plays an important role in the human body, as it helps produce haemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood, and is involved in various metabolic processes and enzyme functions.

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