Our clinic’s unique full blood screening includes a test that will measure your iron levels. A healthy iron profile in your blood is crucial to your overall health. Iron is essential to blood production, & around 70% of the iron in your body is stored in haemoglobin (red blood cells). A further 25% is stored as ferritin, in the cells. Women naturally store more than a third less iron than men do. When natural stores of iron are depleted, iron deficiency or anaemia can result.
When should I get tested?
Your doctor may suggest that you get an iron profile if you are experiencing symptoms of iron deficiency or anaemia, which is usually caused by blood loss, either through the gastrointestinal tract, or through prolonged heavy menstrual periods. You may also wish to have the test independently, if you are curious to know your iron profile as a check-up measure. The most common symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, feeing faint or dizzy, breathlessness, & a pale complexion. Some of the less common symptoms of anaemia include palpitations, headaches, tinnitus, & altered sense of taste.
What does the test include
The iron profile requires a blood test.