We are now offering Direct-case study 13 iron deficiency anemia-Consumer Blood Tests! Health-e-Iron LLC, are now offering direct-to-consumer lab tests.
Test vouchers can be purchased online in 45 participating states and the District of Columbia. Tests will be authorized by a physician affiliated with our lab partner. After receiving the voucher, patients can go to a conveniently located patient service center in their community and provide a blood sample drawn by a licensed phlebotomist. This is a very important measure because even moderately elevated iron can trigger oxidative stress. It’s very important to know the strength of your body’s natural defense system.
The following is a description of the tests and our rationale for suggesting that each be included in a single sample blood draw as part of a comprehensive panel. Each molecule of transferrin can transport two molecules of iron to areas of the body that need this element. Generally men have higher levels of serum iron than women. When laboratories test for SI, they are testing iron contained in plasma that is generally bound to transferrin.
This measurement indicates the potential capacity of transferrin molecules to bind with serum iron. When TIBC is at or below the low end of a laboratory range, it is an indication that there is limited capacity for transferrin molecules to accept additional iron. Much above that, transferrin becomes saturated and it binding capacity drops to a point where it will no longer can efficiently harbor NTBI. Some of the iron will then bind to other molecules not have transferrin’s ability to protect the from iron catalyzed lipid peroxidation and the formation of reactive oxygen species.
Ferritin is a protein synthesized by the body that is mainly utilized to store iron for future use. The body requires iron to make hemoglobin for blood and myoglobin for muscles. Each of these proteins uses iron to supply oxygen and energy for everyday needs. Iron in excess of daily needs is stored in ferritin molecules, which hold up to 4,500 iron atoms each.