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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 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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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 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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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. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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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