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A 47-year-old member asked:

What does a low iron saturation level in the blood mean?

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Dr. Lori Luchtman-jones
35 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 transferrin. If there are still more possible binding sites for iron on transferrin, then the iron saturation is low. This can mean that the body's storage iron is running low. It can be seen before full iron deficiency anemia develops.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when my iron saturation levels are low?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 26 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 causes for iron deficiency are poor absorption from the diet and blood loss. If left untreated, low iron can lead to anemia.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What does having a low iron saturation mean?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Zaroulis
Hematology 57 years experience
Anemia: it can mean that iron deficiency anemia is occurring. Further blood tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What do iron saturation levels of 11.1 mean?

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Dr. Mehdi Moezi
Medical Oncology 32 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 hematologist.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of having low iron in your blood?

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Dr. Charles Greenberg
- Select Specialities - 46 years experience
Many: Pale skin fatigue restless leg low endurance anemia palpitations.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do I treat low iron saturation levels?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 27 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 should work with a medical professional to find out why your are iron deficient and then to increase your knowledge about the different ways low iron levels can be replenished.
Last updated Aug 7, 2018

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