A 30-year-old male asked:
my ferritin is very high; my hb1ac and blood glucose are also high. i am feeling sick lately. can all three of these lab results be linked?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Stephen Southard answered
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Could be related: Ferritin is an acute phase reactant in addition to a marker of iron stores. So if you have any inflammatory processes going on, like an infection, it can be elevated. Hyperglycemia alone doesn't tend to cause markedly elevated levels, though elevated ferritin levels do seem to be associated with increased risk of developing diabetes. But an infection/inflammation can worsen your blood sugars.
Answered on Aug 28, 2014
Dr. Shaym Puppala answered
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibly: Hereditary hemochromatosis is a disease of uncontrolled iron absorption from the gut, leading to damage to tissues & organs from iron deposits. A marker of this is high ferritin (a protein that can store iron). An organ damaged is the pancreas, so A1c & blood glucose can rise as diabetes develops. Blood tests can diagnose hemochromatosis. Individual diagnosis requires clinic evaluation/testing.
Answered on Nov 20, 2014
Dr. Rachel Chastanet answered
33 years experience Bariatrics
Diabetes?: Diabetes Mellitus type II, the type associated with obesity, is a mismatch of the available insulin to the amount of carbohydrates consumed. This results in high glucose (blood sugar) levels. The Hemoglobin A1c is like a 2-3 month average of the blood sugar. If the glucose is up, the A1C will be up as well. Ferritin is a measure of iron stores, but will also go up with any inflammation.
Answered on Aug 28, 2014
Dr. Warren Everett answered
Specializes in Family Medicine
Maybe: The high glucose and HgA!C are linked. HGA1c indicates the long term average glucose and the glucose the current level. The ferritin indcates your iron stores. Very high iron levels are associated with iron storage disease which can also be linked. Ask your doctor about these and he will explain what it means in your particular situation.
Answered on May 20, 2016
Dr. Mark Roberto answered
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Yes: High Ferritin can sometimes indicate inflammation, but the combination of high ferritin and diabetes could indicate the presence of Hemochromatosis (genetic). Is your Diabetes recent onset? I strongly urge you to see a Dr; there is a simple blood test for Hemochromatosis- which is easily treated by periodic phlebotomy. Also, you need tested for other disorders which can cause your abnormal labs.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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