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Erie, PA
A 23-year-old female asked:

What does it mean to have normal iron levels, but low saturation?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Body needs more: One simplified answer is: Your iron level may be reported as within a normal range, but your body needs more iron than it currently has, and therefore makes more of the protein that transports iron in the blood. Your blood is now iron "absorbant" rather than "saturated," and your iron saturation is reported as low.

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Pittsburgh, PA
A female asked:

Why would my ferritin be low 5.5 but my iron levels are normal?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Stores vs. current: Ferritin represents stores, serum iron reflects the short term status. An analogy - A propane tank will give a normal pressure reading when almost empty (serum iron) if you weigh the tank (Ferritin) you will know that it is almost empty.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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Feb 15, 2018
Farmington, ME
A 19-year-old male asked:

Can ferritin be normal while iron levels may be low?

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Dr. Neil Barth
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Yes: Ferritin can be falsely elevated in the face of low iron stores when there is also inflammation or infection. Ferritin is a slow phase reactant that increases in inflammation regardless of body iron stores.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How serious is it that my iron levels are low?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue, poor thinking, abnormal hair and nail growth, and pica (craving unusual things to eat). In a woman your age, it is usually due to the loss of blood (and the iron inside the red cells) with menstruation. Please see your doctor to determine whether anything else is causing your low iron levels, and to receive appropriate advice on iron supplementation.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the normal range for iron levels?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Iron: 60-170 mcg/dL (micrograms per deciliter) is the normal range. See this site listed below for more information. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003488.htm

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