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    What is a Iron Profile Test?

    The Iron Profile test is a comprehensive blood analysis that measures the levels of iron and iron-binding proteins in your body. Iron is essential for the synthesis of red blood cells and the transport of oxygen. Abnormal iron levels can lead to conditions like iron metabolism disorders, iron deficiency anaemia, and iron overload. Along with the iron levels, this test assesses the levels of transferrin, the primary iron-transporting protein, and the iron-binding capacity of this protein. Measuring these parameters together helps identify the nature and severity of iron-related issues, guiding appropriate treatment and management.

    If you live in Mumbai and are experiencing health problems due to abnormal iron levels, schedule an Iron Profile test in Mumbai today.

    Iron Profile Test Parameters

    The Iron Profile Blood test checks several parameters, such as:

    Serum Iron

    Measures the amount of iron in your blood.

    Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC)

    Assesses how well iron binds to proteins, including transferrin, and reflects the body's iron reserves.

    Transferrin Saturation

    This ratio of serum iron levels to TIBC measures the percentage of transferrin bound to iron.

    Unsaturated Iron-Binding Capacity (UIBC)

    Measures how much transferrin is available to carry iron in your blood.

    Iron Profile Test Preparation

    Before undergoing an Iron Profile Blood test, consider the following factors:

    Prerequisites

    No fasting or special preparation is required for the Iron Profile test.

    Best Time to Get Tested

    Iron levels peak in the morning and decrease throughout the day, so the test is usually conducted in the morning. Your doctor can provide the best advice on the timing of your test.

    Who Should Take an Iron Profile Test

    The Iron Profile Blood test is recommended if your full blood count shows abnormalities in red cell counts. Additionally, it is necessary if you exhibit symptoms of low or high iron levels.

    Cautions Before Taking Iron Profile Test

    No special precautions are needed prior to the Iron Profile test. However, inform your doctor about any vitamins, medications, supplements, herbs, over-the-counter drugs, and any other drugs you are taking.

    Why Take a Iron Profile Test?

    If your doctor suspects abnormal iron levels, they may recommend an Iron Profile test, especially during pregnancy. Low iron levels during pregnancy might raise the baby's risk of developmental problems. Low iron levels often cause fatigue, tongue swelling, frequent illness, feeling cold, difficulty at school or work, and delayed learning in children. Iron overload can cause joint pain, abdominal pain, and fatigue.

    The Iron Profile Blood test is important for several reasons:

    • Diagnosing Iron Deficiency Anaemia : Low iron levels can cause anaemia, leading to fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms.

    • Tracking Iron Overload Conditions : High iron levels may indicate hereditary hemochromatosis, which can damage organs if untreated.

    • Evaluating Iron Levels in Chronic Conditions : Chronic illnesses like kidney disease or inflammatory bowel disease can affect iron levels and need monitoring.

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

    • Evaluating for Restless Legs Syndrome : Marked by tingling or burning sensations in the legs.

    • Monitoring Iron Therapy : Determines the effectiveness of iron supplementation or iron-chelation therapy for iron overload.

    Iron Profile Test Results & Interpretation

    Understanding the Iron Profile test results is essential, as they reveal the amount of iron in your body. Here is what your results might indicate:

    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 test results, your doctor will consider your age, symptoms, medical history, and other blood tests. Low iron levels may indicate iron deficiency anaemia or thalassaemia, an inherited blood disorder where the body produces fewer healthy red blood cells than normal. Further tests may be required to diagnose thalassaemia. High iron levels could suggest conditions like liver disease, haemochromatosis, or lead poisoning. However, abnormal iron test results do not always mean a health problem. Hormonal changes during menstruation or certain medications, such as birth control pills, can also affect iron levels. TIBC can also be influenced by oestrogens and oral contraceptives. Transferrin saturation occurs in conditions like idiopathic haemochromatosis and transfusional haemosiderosis. Regardless of your test outcomes, it is essential to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor for further assessment and appropriate care.

    FAQs on Iron Profile Test in Mumbai

    The Iron Profile test price is ₹ 750. This cost covers the fastest home sample collection within 60 minutes of booking, and the reports are available in 6 hours.

    Yes, with Orange Health Labs, you can get a home sample collection for the Iron Profile test. Your sample will be collected at home within 60 minutes of booking, based on slot availability.

    An Iron Profile test measures the levels of iron and iron-binding proteins in your body, providing an overall assessment of your iron status.

    No, fasting is not required prior to an Iron Profile test at home.

    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 Mumbaior 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

    The normal levels of the Iron Profile test are as follows:

    • 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

    The Iron Profile test reports are available within 6 hours.

    The frequency of the Iron Profile Blood test is determined by your doctor’s advice and your specific health requirements.

    The Iron Profile test typically includes measurements of serum iron, TIBC, transferrin saturation, and UIBC.

    A test for Iron Profile can assist in identifying diseases like:

    • Iron deficiency anaemia

    • Thalassemia

    • Liver disease

    • Hemochromatosis

    Symptoms of anaemia include:

    • Fatigue (Feeling too tired to manage your activities, often the most noticeable symptom of anaemia)

    • Headache

    • Shortness of breath (dyspnoea)

    • Pallor (Skin colour that's paler than usual)

    • Dizziness

    • Chest pain

    • Heart palpitations

    • Frequent infections

    • Pulsatile tinnitus

    In the human body, iron serves a critical role by aiding in the creation of haemoglobin, the carrier of oxygen in the blood, and it is also integral to enzyme functions and numerous metabolic processes.

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