Ferritin is a protein that stores iron and releases it in a controlled fashion. It is critical to iron homeostasis. It makes iron available for critical cellular processes while protecting lipids, DNA and proteins from potentially toxic effects of iron.
Interpretation: If ferritin blood levels are high, the suspected condutions are hemochromatosis, porphyria, rheumatoid artritis, inflamatory problems, liver diseases, hyperthyroidism, leukemia, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, several blood transfusions. If ferritin levels are low, it indicates the depletion of iron in blood. This depletion effects the production of red blood cells and the result is iron deficient anemia. Additionally, high coffee and tea consumption, irregular diets, mensturation defects, pregnancy, frequent births, celiac disease, C Vit shortage, blood loss with any reason, gastrointestinal problems.are some other causes of iron deficiency. As the organs cannot get adequate oxygen due to iron deficiency, their functions are impaired. Dizziness, fatique, anxiety, loss of apetite, desire to eat sand or lime, cold feeling, focusing inability, pale skin, nail weakness, disturbed leg syndrome might be seen.
Sample: Arm vein blood. Nonfasting
Working day: Everyday
Result Time: Same day 6:00 PM