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My blood test shows Iron binding Cap (TIBC) -low 227 do u know that means & what to do for it?

My blood test shows Iron binding Cap  (TIBC) -low 227 do u know that means & what to do for it?

May mean nothing: Lab reference ranges are set so that several percent of folks arbitrarily fall outside on either end. If iron deficiency and chronic inflammation aren't possible areas of concern, why not just watch it and be thankful otherwise for good health? ...Read more

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On blood test my tibc is always abnormal. Iron is171(h)37 to 145 normal and tibc 404(h) normal being 225-390. I take no iron pills.What causes this?

On blood test my tibc is always abnormal. Iron is171(h)37 to 145 normal and tibc 404(h) normal being 225-390.  I take no iron pills.What causes this?

Follow it: It's important to remember that the lab's "reference range" isn't the "normal range" or the "heathy range". Reference range is set so that 5% of perfectly healthy people fall outside. Real disease announces itself by marked variances from these ranges, or by symptoms supported by labs. Consider yourself healthy. ...Read more

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What does low iron mean in a blood test?

Probably anemia: When hemoglobin and hematocrit are also low, thisis called anemia, and is treated easily by takinf ferrous sulphate 5 gr. Daily for few months. ...Read more

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A recent blood test indicated iron at 176 mcg/dl (where normal is 45-170). I am having a followup test, but I'm wondering if this level is dangerous?

A recent blood test indicated iron at 176 mcg/dl (where normal is 45-170). I am having a followup test, but I'm wondering if this level is dangerous?

Not "dangerous": Advice: doctors treat patients and not numbers. A slightly elevated iron level without the clinical context, is like a fish out of water. More info is needed for context-Why was the test done in the first place? Were you on iron supplementation? The iron level mentioned can be concerning in the context of iron overload, but being 6 pt over the upper limit of normal is not considered dangerous. ...Read more

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Hi. I had my blood test recently and the iron level came with the range of 2. What does that mean? Can this cause me a further problems? Any concern?

Clarify: Is this a serum iron level substantially below the reference range? Are you also anemic? Is your total iron binding capacity up? If you are iron deficient, you must demand to know why. Are you a non-supplementing vegetarian? Do you have heavy menstrual losses? Have you been checked for a bleeding ulcer / possible cancer? The situation is VERY serious and you need to be proactive & informed. ...Read more

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Will taking iron before blood test skew ferritin levels?

Will taking iron before blood test skew ferritin levels?

Probably not if pill: Oral iron tablets- generally no iv iron- generally yes- ferritin measurements will be affected for weeks. ...Read more

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What blood test shows if you have too much iron in your body?

What blood test shows if you have too much iron in your body?

No single test: Serum levels of ferritin and iron should both be done to assess body iron. There is also a genetic test for predisposition to accumulating iron in the body. ...Read more

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Results from a blood test said that I was anaemic. My iron level was 14. What's normal?

Results from a blood test said that I was anaemic. My iron level was 14. What's normal?

Anemia is Lo Hemoglo: You need to tell us about your Hemoglobin(Hb) level. That is what defines Anemia.... a level below 12 Grams in a woman equals anemia. Then you need to ask your doctor to find the cause and treat the cause, which is often excessive blood loss either thru menses or from another source. That is why you need to be checked thoroughly. Iron levels will help in defining the cause which is often Iron defi ...Read more