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Doctor insights on: Soluble Transferrin Receptor

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What do transferrin levels mean?

What do transferrin levels mean?

Transferrin is a…: …blood plasma protein that delivers 2 iron ions from absorption centers to all tissues, especially for the production of hemoglobin. Low tf may be a liver defect (where it's made) or a kidney problem allowing excessive loss. Decreased plasma tf can lead to iron overload diseases such as hemosiderosis. Increased tf binds free iron, leading to anemia. Discuss lab results with your doc. ...Read more

Receptor (Definition)

An organ, cell or molecule that accepts an outside signal and causes an internal change. Eyes receive light, touch receptors send messages to the brain when stimulated by pressure and estrogen receptors bind Estradiol causing responses of normal breast, ovary and uterus cells to rising and falling levels of the female steroid hormones. Most of the time "receptor" refers to one ...Read more


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Is magnesium fat or water soluble? Is taking too much toxic? How do I know when to stop as tests are not very indicatve right?

Is magnesium fat or water soluble? Is taking too much toxic? How do I know when to stop as tests are not very indicatve right?

Magnesium=necessary: Magnesium is a water soluble mineral that most people are whole-body deficient in. At high doses, it causes diarrhea. If the kidneys are compromised in any way, the dose needs to be lower and monitored by a physician. A RBC magnesium level is the most useful test as serum magnesium is kept at a very steady level. Magnesium is necessary to 300+ reactions in the body. ...Read more

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Why does diarrhea feel like dying? It literally feels like a massive burning, painful, nauseating, weakness sensation. Does soluble fiber prevent it?

Why does diarrhea feel like dying? It literally feels like a massive burning, painful, nauseating, weakness sensation. Does soluble fiber prevent it?

Consider the source: When we have the runs we loose electrolytes, i.e., sodium potassium, magnesium, and it makes us feel week and unfocused. That's why people are encouraged to drink lots of fluids--so they don't dehydrate in the process. Fiber is more of a treatment than prevention. Best to see your doc to find the source. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My iron levels came back 21 low, transferrin 352.0 normal, tibc 492.8 high, saturation 4.3 % low. Would this be normal anemia?

My iron levels came back 21 low, transferrin 352.0 normal, tibc 492.8 high, saturation 4.3 % low. Would this be normal anemia?

Iron deficiency Anem: Looks like you have iron deficiency anemia but the confirmatory test is 'ferritin' level in the blood being low. Talk to your doctor to know why you have this. You either may be bleeding from your gut or due to your menses (excess). ...Read more

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What's meaning of low transferrin saturation?

What's meaning of low transferrin saturation?

Iron deficiency: Until proved otherwise. The body has made protein, probably extra, to carry iron that isn't available. ...Read more

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What's meaning of low transferrin saturation?

Iron deficiency: Until proved otherwise. The body has made protein, probably extra, to carry iron that isn't available. ...Read more

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My iron (or transferrin) saturation rate tested 111%, is this a fatal level?

My iron (or transferrin) saturation rate tested 111%, is this a fatal level?

Just get treated: This is very suspicious for hemochromatosis. Of all the killer diseases, this is by far the easiest to keep totally under control. Don't be afraid. Man up. You'll probably be just fine -- and when we start treatment, you'll soon be surprised how much better you feel. ...Read more

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What does a low result for unbound IBC mean? My iron, transferrin saturation and IBC are all wnl.

Nothing: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthies arbitrarily fall outside. If you are otherwise well and have no signs of an iron problem on either end, ignore it. ...Read more

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Cbc is ok, but iron is 56, transferrin is 400, total ibc is 500, uibc is 444, iron %trans sat is 11. What could this mean?

Cbc is ok, but iron is 56, transferrin is 400, total ibc is 500, uibc is 444, iron %trans sat is 11. What could this mean?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is often symptomatic long before anemia / abnormal CBC appears. Many physicians do not know this. Other body systems become iron-depleted and this may have something to do with why you describe chronic fatigue. I trust your physician has looked for ways you might be losing iron in additon to your monthly loss, and will replace as appropriate. ...Read more

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Ferritin 4.6, iron 27, transferrin saturation 6, tibc 437. . . Is everything is low why is tibc high? What does this mean? What do I do now?

Iron binding: Capacity. Tibc is the abbreviation for total iron binding capacity. When iron is low the iron binding capacity is high and vice versa. Given your diagnoses, it would be prudent to consult your doctor for next steps. However, you have iron deficiency and may take over the counter iron supplements. ...Read more

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Recent blood test has Transferrin saturation 6% and I have been advised that this is extremely low. What does the Transferrin saturation mean/do?

Recent blood test has Transferrin saturation 6% and I have been advised that this is extremely low. What does the Transferrin saturation mean/do?

Low iron: Transferrin transports iron in the body. Low saturation means that your body doe not have enough iron. Please follow your doctor's advise about taking iron supplements. See this site for more info on this topic.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/definition/CON-20019327
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What do transferrin levels mean?

Transferrin is a…: …blood plasma protein that delivers 2 iron ions from absorption centers to all tissues, especially for the production of hemoglobin. Low tf may be a liver defect (where it's made) or a kidney problem allowing excessive loss. Decreased plasma tf can lead to iron overload diseases such as hemosiderosis. Increased tf binds free iron, leading to anemia. Discuss lab results with your doc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: transferrin?

What is the definition or description of: transferrin?

Carries iron: This protein is the major carrier of iron atoms in the blood. It tends to run high in iron deficiency and rather low when there's liver disease or bad longlasting infection. The percent of transferrin molecules ("saturation") that carry an iron atom is a good way of spotting iron deficiency or overload if the patient hasn't recently popped an iron pill. ...Read more

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Any idea why my transferrin is dropping?

Any idea why my transferrin is dropping?

Maybe: Low transferrin may be due to a malfunction of your live, rwhere it's made, or a kidney defect that allows excessive loss through your urine. Have your doctor fully evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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Transferrin (Definition)

This protein is the major carrier of iron atoms in the blood. It tends to run high in iron deficiency and rather low when there's liver disease or bad longlasting infection. The percent of transferrin molecules ("saturation") that carry an iron atom is a good way of spotting iron deficiency or overload if the patient hasn't recently ...Read more