Who is this test for?
Our Iron health check is for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of an iron deficiency and would like to understand if they are being affected by a deficiency or at risk of iron deficiency. It is also for anyone who has been diagnosed with an iron deficiency or iron overload (hemochromatosis) in the past and would like to learn more about how they are being affected and advice on effective treatment.
How does the test help?
Iron deficiency and anaemia are common issues in the population, especially in women. The Immuniti at home Iron health check test identifies iron deficiencies in your body or iron overload, caused by haemochromatosis. Our doctors will review your results and where required, provide a bespoke recommendation of treatment.
- Iron - An essential mineral for the body. Iron's main role in the body is in the red blood cells, it helps carry oxygen to the body's cells and tissues.
- TIBC - Total iron-binding capacity - measures the blood's ability to bind iron with transferrin and transport it around the body.
- Transferrin saturation - The main carrier of proteins around the body, formed in the liver. Its primary function is transporting iron around the body.
- Ferritin - A universal intracellular protein that stores iron and releases it in a controlled fashion. We test your ferritin levels to establish the storage capacity of iron in your body.
- UIBC - Unsaturated iron binding capacity - The portion of iron binding sites on transferrin that are not occupied by iron. A low UIBC indicates that transferrin is highly saturated with iron, a finding consistent with hereditary hemochromatosis(iron overload).
- CRP Hs - A protein in the blood that increases when inflammation is present. This is tested as high levels can indicate a higher risk of developing cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease and other heart conditions.
Symptoms of an iron deficiency include:
- Extreme fatigue.
- Pale skin.
- Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath.
- Headache, dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Cold hands and feet.
- Inflammation or soreness of your tongue.
- Brittle nails.
Symptoms of hemochromatosis (iron overload):
- Low libido
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
If you frequently donate blood or are vegan or vegetarian you should also take this test.