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What does a low iron saturation level mean

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lori Luchtman-jones
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
Room for iron!: Most of the body's iron is bound to that red stuff in our red blood cells, hemoglobin. The rest is bound to proteins, like the blood protein transferr... Read More

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Maybe iron deficient: Low iron saturation could indicate an overall iron deficiency, but there are other blood tests that need to be done to determine this. Most common cau... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Agree with Dr. B. Low blood iron generally means iron deficiency and you should see your doctor to ascertain the cause and treat the cause as well as ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Need a full: Iron panel -- actual iron level and ferritin to say for sure, but with your history iron deficiency will be quite likely.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Zaroulis
Hematology 56 years experience
Anemia: it can mean that iron deficiency anemia is occurring. Further blood tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
First find out why: Low iron saturation may be evidence of iron deficiency. Low ferritin level would be more specific. If you suspect that you are iron deficient, you sho... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mehdi Moezi
Medical Oncology 31 years experience
Iron deficinecy: You are iron deficient you need to have additional work up and start replacement see your primary care physician and if needed they will send you to h... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Balanced protein : Low iron saturation means the body's protein is not combining with iron well. Take adequate protein from fish, poultry and eggs. Iron is better absorb... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Fatigue: Iron may not adequately deliver to bone marrow to produce new red blood cells. Iron may not transfer to other tissues like muscles.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Low iron and anemia: Can certainly make you feel horrible. Very low vitamin d can cause some mild symptoms, but nothing like the fatigue due to iron deficiency. Luckily, b... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Take more iron!: I wouldn't worry too much about saturation. But with an iron saturation of under 25%, your body is using up the iron you are taking, so you may need t... Read More

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