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What Does A Low Iron Saturation Level 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
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
What does a low iron saturation mean? I am eating more than enough iron rich foods. I have gastritis, i/c, internal hemroids, heavy periods..?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
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. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
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
'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
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