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A 40-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have 3 iron saturation?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Three percent?: I'd be very seriously concerned that you are iron deficient, even if you are not yet anemic. You need to find the cause as well as getting treated.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Iron deficiency: If you mean you have an iron saturation of 3% then you are very likely iron deficient. Would need to know other iron studies and red cell counts and indices to be sure.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What does an increase iron saturation mean?

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Dr. Lori Poling
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Iron saturation: Iron saturation or also called transferrin saturation is how much iron an individuals body holds. To make is simple, an increased iron saturation means that you have a high amount of iron bound in your blood. Consult your practitioner as to the significant of your result. Usual adult value is between 20-50% depending on an individual.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What does having a low iron saturation mean?

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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 32-year-old member asked:

What does a very high iron saturation mean?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
This is seen: In iron overload situations. It may be a sign of a genetic predisposition to absorbing too much iron.
bossier city, LA
A 42-year-old female asked:

If my iron saturation is 12% what does that mean?

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Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
More details are needed. How is the TIBC? Do you have anemia?
CA
A 44-year-old member asked:

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

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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 causes for iron deficiency are poor absorption from the diet and blood loss. If left untreated, low iron can lead to anemia.

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