This check has been designed to identify iron deficiency anaemia or iron overload. Iron is essential for the production of haemoglobin. This iron combines with oxygen and transports it through the blood to your tissues and organs. If your iron is low it means your body cannot get the oxygen it needs to function properly. Iron deficiency is very common in the UK.
This test includes (expand individual tests for details):
C Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity)
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is an inflammation marker used to assess whether there is inflammation in the body. Inflammation is your body protecting your tissues if you have been injured or have an infection. It is also used as a screen for auto-immune diseases.
Iron (TIBC included)
This test measures how much iron is in your blood. It will identify iron deficiency or iron overload. Symptoms for both include: fatigue, muscle weakness, moodiness and difficulty concentrating.
Total iron binding capacity (TIBC)
Total iron binding capacity (TIBC) is a measure of the amount of iron that can be carried through the blood.
This test will measure your Transferrin levels. Transferrin binds to iron and transports it throughout your body. Low levels indicate iron deficient. High levels indicate iron overload
This test will measure your Ferritin levels. Ferritin stores iron in the body. Ferritin is tested to identify the storage capacity of iron in the body.