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What does a low iron saturation level in the blood mean?

What does a low iron saturation level in the blood mean?

Room for iron!: Most of the body's iron is bound to that red stuff in our red blood cells, hemoglobin. The rest is bound to proteins, like the blood protein transferrin. If there are still more possible binding sites for iron on transferrin, then the iron saturation is low. This can mean that the body's storage iron is running low. It can be seen before full iron deficiency anemia develops. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What does having a low iron saturation mean?

What does having a low iron saturation mean?

Anemia: It can mean that iron deficiency anemia is occurring. Further blood tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does low iron saturation mean?

What does low iron saturation mean?

Suggests deficiency: Your body has produced plenty of the protein that wants to transport iron, and there's little being transported. This is a good screening test for actual iron deficiency, and it's wise for your physician to seek the cause. ...Read more

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How do I treat low iron saturation levels?

How do I treat low iron saturation levels?

First find out why: Low iron saturation may be evidence of iron deficiency. Low ferritin level would be more specific. If you suspect that you are iron deficient, you should work with a medical professional to find out why your are iron deficient and then to increase your knowledge about the different ways low iron levels can be replenished. ...Read more

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What do iron saturation levels of 11.1 mean?

Iron deficinecy: You are iron deficient you need to have additional work up and start replacement see your primary care physician and if needed they will send you to hematologist. ...Read more

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What diet should I have with low iron saturation levels?

What diet should I have with low iron saturation levels?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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What are the complications of having low iron saturation levels?

What are the complications of having low iron saturation levels?

Fatigue: Iron may not adequately deliver to bone marrow to produce new red blood cells. Iron may not transfer to other tissues like muscles. ...Read more

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Can a person feel terrible due to low levels of iron saturation and d?

Can a person feel terrible due to low levels of iron saturation and d?

Low iron and anemia: Can certainly make you feel horrible. Very low vitamin d can cause some mild symptoms, but nothing like the fatigue due to iron deficiency. Luckily, both are testable and replaceable. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How can you raise your iron saturation levels? Mine came back low at 19%, iron was 51. 37/m

How can you raise your iron saturation levels? Mine came back low at 19%, iron was 51. 37/m

Take more iron!: I wouldn't worry too much about saturation. But with an iron saturation of under 25%, your body is using up the iron you are taking, so you may need to take more (or eat more iron-rich foods!) to meet your body's needs. ...Read more

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My iron levels are A8, ferrtin 50 and iron saturation is low as well. I regularly take iron but it is not absorbing?

My iron levels are A8, ferrtin 50 and iron saturation is low as well. I regularly take iron but it is not absorbing?

Ferritin is OK.: A ferritin of 50 is normal, although your body's low iron saturation means you are using up the iron as quickly as you take it. So you may need to take a higher dose of iron. Taking iron several times a day with orange juice (or another form of acidic beverage) may help. ...Read more

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How can I not be anemic and have low iron saturation levels?

How can I not be anemic and have low iron saturation levels?

Matter of time: Low iron saturations could indicate the beginning of iron deficiency. However, the body stores quite a bit of iron in the form of ferritin, and it's not until the stores become depleted that the bone marrow starts to become unable to produce red blood cells like it's supposed to. ...Read more

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If my hemoglobin levels are normal does it matter that my iron saturation levels are low?

If my hemoglobin levels are normal does it matter that my iron saturation levels are low?

Yes: Iron deficiency will make you feel run down well before you become anemic. Iron's also essential to your cells' doing their metabolism. Many physician's don't realize this. You may want to look at where you might be losing blood and/or your diet -- are you getting enough for your needs? ...Read more

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Hemoglobin 140 but low iron saturation. What does this mean? How should it be addressed? Should iron supplementation continue?

Hemoglobin 140 but low iron saturation. What does this mean? How should it be addressed? Should iron supplementation continue?

Yes: Low iron saturation suggests, low body stores of iron. Hemoglobin drops when the stores are depleted. It would be prudent to take oral and multivitamins to replenish your store of iron. Iron deficiency is not uncommon in women due to menstrual blood loss.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Receive labs results today. What could it mean when I have and iron saturation of 52% and normal ferritin levels? Is that bad?

Incomplete info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, there is nothing wrong in the information you provided. What is your hemoglobin?
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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What does it mean if iron saturation is consistently low (11%) but Ferritin is in normal range (34)? My 3yr old son has had these results since 9m

What does it mean if iron saturation is consistently low (11%) but Ferritin is in normal range (34)? My 3yr old son has had these results since 9m

Iron deficiency: "Iron deficiency state without obvious anemia" Therefore, low iron intake persists, anemia will develop, i.e., low hemoglobin level. ...Read more

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'serum iron level' 26umol/l. 'saturation of iron binding cap '50%. %iron saturation 52%. 'serum ferritin level' 40ng /ml. What does it all mean.?

'serum iron level' 26umol/l. 'saturation of iron binding cap '50%. %iron saturation 52%. 'serum ferritin level' 40ng /ml. What does it all mean.?

Normal iron status: The serum iron test measures iron in blood. Iron is bound to proteins in blood (mainly transferrin), so the % sat is proportion of iron binding proteins that carry iron. Ferritin is the amount of iron in reserve stores. In iron deficiency, iron and ferritin are low, transferrin is high, and % sat is low. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin 13.4, Ferritin 10, Iron Saturation 9.0, Iron 40, MCH 24.8, MCHC 31.4, RDWCV 17.4. How can Hemoglobin be normal, and other levels so low?

It's early: Iron levels drop long before hemoglobin does. I'm glad you're interested in your health. Try to find out where you're losing iron (ulcer? stomach cancer? hookworm? colon cancer? 100s of other possibilities) or whether perhaps your diet is insufficient or you donate a lot of blood. Stay on top of this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was informed my iron level is a 7 and my iron saturation is a 10. I am a 30 year old female with Ibs-d. How low is this. I was informed to take iron

I was informed my iron level is a 7 and my iron saturation is a 10. I am a 30 year old female with Ibs-d. How low is this. I was informed to take iron

Take iron: Iron deficiency is common in women during reproductive phase of life. If you are not able to tolerate oral iron, discuss the option of intravenous infusion of iron with your doctor. ...Read more

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Quest Lab--Iron % Saturation: 17 Low, Ferritin: 13 ng/ml Low, RDW 15.1 a little high. What does this mean and what do I do about it?

Cells: RDW is the calculation of the difference in cell size. The MCV is a better indicator of the actual size of the red cells and if below 80 is considered microcytic. With iron deficiency the cells are smaller than normal. The high RDW can mean some cells are being pushed out of the marrow early and those immature forms are larger. The rest of the blood work report is needed. See provider soon. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin 9.7, hematocrit 30.7, mch24.9, platelets 419, uibc 390, iron, serum 17 iron saturation 4% what does this mean?

Low hemoglobin 9.7, hematocrit 30.7, mch24.9, platelets 419, uibc 390, iron, serum 17 iron saturation 4% what does this mean?

Iron deficiency: One with the above numbers has iron deficiency anemia. C doc, who'll ask questions in order to narrow down causes, then probably refer you for endoscopy, colonoscopy, +/-ct abd/pelvis, or +/- gyn, or +/- heme/onc depending on symptoms/ clinical findings, and most suspected cause for blood loss. This does not require emergency room visit, unless one is having acute blood loss (ex. Lo bp, black stool). ...Read more

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Just got some labs back and wondering what the results could mean. Ferritin level is 919. Iron saturation 39.5. AST is 181. ALT is 84. Bilirubin. 7?

Just got some labs back and wondering what the results could mean. Ferritin level is 919. Iron saturation 39.5. AST is 181. ALT is 84. Bilirubin. 7?

Iron Stores and Liver: The interpretation of serum chemistry tests will depend on the clinical situation, since they are not highly specific to any one problem. Ferritin and transferrin saturation are used to assess the amount of iron in the body. AST, ALT, and bilirubin are typically used as measures of liver dysfunction. ...Read more

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What do these results mean? RBC, Hemoglobin, Neutrophil %, Iron % Saturation and AB Neutrophil all low? High Lymphocyte % and trace Lymphocyte in UA.

What do these results mean? RBC, Hemoglobin, Neutrophil %, Iron % Saturation and AB Neutrophil all low? High Lymphocyte % and trace Lymphocyte in UA.

Nothing on their own: Lab values mean nothing apart from a history and physical exam. That being said, what is most concerning is the likelihood that you are iron deficient. Even more concerning would be your feeling you have to ask us rather than your personal physician, who I hope will soon have a frank talk about your anemia and the need for a serious workup to find the cause. Your life's on the line. Be proactive. ...Read more

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Hgb 11.0, MCV 77.6, MCH 23.8, mchc 30.6, RDW 17.9, ferritin level 17.2, folate (folic acid) 5.03, iron serum 42, tibc 441, iron saturation 10. What does this mean?

Any symptoms?: Why did your doc order those tests? Are you feeling tired? Do you have really heavy periods? The hemoglobin is a little low, but not severely low. You are a little iron deficient. You may benefit from taking iron and a stool softener if you don't get enough in your diet. But talk to your doc who ordered the tests, they may have more info. ...Read more

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What could lead to low fe (iron) saturation?

Several reasons: Can be blood loss form heavy periods or GI bleeding or other bleeding, inabiltiy to absorb, can be related to diet. You need to have work up see a hematologist. ...Read more

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What does a very high iron saturation mean?

This is seen: In iron overload situations. It may be a sign of a genetic predisposition to absorbing too much iron. ...Read more

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What does an increase iron saturation mean?

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. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have 3 iron saturation?

What does it mean to have 3 iron saturation?

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. ...Read more

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What does an iron count of 34 and an iron saturation of 9% mean?

What does an iron count of 34 and an iron saturation of 9% mean?

Iron deficiency: This needs to be approached both as something to treat, and something to explain. Even if there is ill-advised vegetarianism and/or heavy monthly / pregnancy loss, it's still good to check for bleeding from a stomach ulcer, colon cancer, hookworm, whatever else. ...Read more

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