Iron Deficiency Profile
- Brand: Thyrocare
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Iron Deficiency Profile aids to measure the amount of iron present in the body which helps to detect an iron deficiency or overload. The deficiency of iron leads to anemia, shortness of breath, headache, weakness, chest pain, while iron overload can cause organ damage and toxicity in the body. Thyrocare offers Iron Deficiency Profile at the most affordable price. Sample collection at home available.
What is being tested in Iron Deficiency Profile?
Iron is an essential nutrient that, among other functions, is required for the production of healthy red blood cells (RBCs). It is a critical part of hemoglobin, the protein in RBCs that binds oxygen in the lungs and releases it as blood circulates to other parts of the body. The serum iron test measures the amount of iron in the liquid portion of blood.
Serum iron is almost always measured with other iron tests, such as serum ferritin, transferrin and total iron-binding capacity (TIBC). These tests are often ordered at the same time and the results interpreted together to help diagnose and/or monitor iron deficiency or iron overload.
The body cannot produce iron and must absorb it from the foods we eat or from supplements. Once absorbed, it is transported throughout the body by binding to transferrin, a protein produced by the liver.
In healthy people, most of the iron absorbed is incorporated into the hemoglobin inside RBCs. The remainder is stored in the tissues as ferritin or hemosiderin, with additional small amounts used to produce other proteins such as myoglobin and some enzymes.
When the level of iron is insufficient to meet the body’s needs, the iron level in the blood drops and iron stores are depleted. This may occur because:
- Not enough iron is consumed (either foods or supplements)
- The body is unable to absorb iron from the foods eaten in conditions such as celiac disease
- There is an increased need for iron, such as during pregnancy or childhood, or due to a condition that causes chronic blood loss (e.g., peptic ulcer, colon cancer)
Insufficient levels of circulating and stored iron may eventually lead to iron deficiency anemia (decreased hemoglobin). In the early stage of iron deficiency, no physical effects are usually seen and the amount of iron stored may be significantly depleted before any signs or symptoms of iron deficiency develop. If a person is otherwise healthy and anemia develops over a long period of time, symptoms seldom appear before the hemoglobin in the blood drops below the lower limit of normal.
However, as the iron-deficiency progresses, symptoms eventually begin to develop. The most common symptoms of anemia include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headaches and pale skin.
On the other hand, too much iron can be toxic to the body. Iron blood levels and iron storage increase when more iron is absorbed than the body needs. Absorbing too much iron can lead to progressive accumulation and damage to organs such as the liver, heart, and pancreas. An example of this is hemochromatosis, a genetic disease in which the body absorbs too much iron, even on a normal diet. Additionally, iron overdose can occur when someone consumes more than the recommended amount of iron.
When should I get a Iron Deficiency Profile test?
Iron Deficiency Profile may be ordered as follow-up tests when results from a complete blood count (CBC) show that a person’s hemoglobin and hematocrit are low and their red blood cells are smaller and paler than normal (microcytic and hypochromic), suggesting iron deficiency anemia even though other clinical symptoms may not have developed yet.
Testing may be ordered when a person develops signs and symptoms of anemia, such as :
- Chronic fatigue/tiredness
Iron Deficiency Profile testing may be ordered when iron overload is suspected. Signs and symptoms will vary from person to person and tend to worsen over time. They are associated with iron accumulation in the blood and tissues. These may include:
- Joint pain
- Fatigue, weakness
- Lack of energy
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of sex drive
- Organ damage, such as in the heart and liver
When a child is suspected to have ingested iron tablets, a serum iron test is ordered to detect and help assess the severity of the poisoning.
Iron Deficiency Profile tests may also be ordered periodically when iron deficiency or overload is being treated to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.
FAQs related to Iron Deficiency Profile:
Q. How to get tested?
Answer: A Iron Deficiency Profile requires a blood sample. Laboratory testing involves using a needle to remove a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm.
Q. Can I take the Iron Deficiency Profile at home?
Answer: Yes, we at Secondmedic ensures that you get good health at affordable price. Hence, we give you the best Iron Deficiency Profile Offer that you can get online and free home service.
Q. How much does the Iron Deficiency Profile price?
Answer: At-home Iron Deficiency Profile usually cost less than Rs. 1,000, which includes the cost of shipping your blood sample to the lab. We at Secondmedic provide you the best offer at Rs. 500.
Q. Who should get this Iron Deficiency Profilet done ?
Answer: Men and women over and above the age of 5 years can get this test done.
Q. How to prepare for the Iron Deficiency Profile?
Answer: No special preparation needed. Inform your doctor about the medications you may be taking.
Q. How long will the results take?
Answer: You will receive your reports through SMS and Email from Laboratory within 24/48 hours
- Fill the booking form on right side with Name, Address, Mobile no.
- Blood/Urine samples will be collected from your Home address. 10-12 hrs fasting is required.
- You need to make the payment by cash to Thyrocare when Technician comes to pick up the samples OR Pay online after confirmation of booking.
- Reports will be couriered at your residence in 3-4 working days if hardcopy is opted. We will email the reports within 48-72 hrs on your email address mentioned while booking.
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