Also Known As
Fe Test, Iron Indices, Iron Panel Blood Test, Iron Studies Blood Test
The Purpose of an Iron Profile Blood Test
Iron is an essential mineral that plays a vital role in the body. It helps produce hemoglobin in red blood cells to transport oxygen, maintains healthy organs and muscles, and assists with other biological processes, from DNA synthesis to immune function.
Because this mineral is so important to your overall health, your iron levels should be monitored regularly. A lower-than-normal amount could lead to iron deficiency anemia, with side effects ranging from extreme fatigue and appetite loss to chest pain and shortness of breath. Your levels may also need to be measured to help diagnose certain types of cancers or autoimmune disorders where low iron is a factor. A blood test with an iron profile provides valuable information about your iron status and can help identify any deficiencies so you can get the treatment you need. This test is also helpful if you suspect you have hemochromatosis, a genetic condition that causes a buildup of iron in the body, leading to symptoms, such as joint or upper abdominal pain.
Iron, Total and Total Iron Binding Capacity (7573)
What Does the Blood Test for the Iron Profile Measure?
The panel measures various markers, including serum iron, total iron-binding capacity (TIBC), and ferritin. These markers provide valuable information about potential health conditions related to iron metabolism.
Who Should Take a Comprehensive Iron Profile Test?
An iron profile test is recommended if you are suffering symptoms associated with anemia or hemochromatosis. Because the latter is an inherited condition, you may want to be tested if you have a family history of the disorder. Your physician may also use a comprehensive iron profile test if you have a medical condition that causes low iron levels, such as autoimmune disorders, chronic infections, or gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease.
Iron Profile Test Preparation
You must fast for 12 hours before your comprehensive iron profile blood test. Women who are premenopausal should schedule testing before or after a menstrual cycle, which can lower iron levels.
Iron Profile Blood Test Results
The results of the iron profile blood test are typically reported as numerical values for each marker, along with their reference ranges. Your healthcare provider can help interpret the results and discuss with you whether further testing or treatment is needed. Need a doctor who can offer guidance? Personalabs can help you schedule telehealth visits with our board-certified physicians.
Where Can I Get a Comprehensive Iron Profile Blood Test Near Me?
Feel empowered in your healthcare choices with the collection of 400-plus tests at Personalabs. You’ll find a wide selection of cancer screening tests, which you can order and use in a few simple steps:
Step 1: Shop Personalabs online for your test, making sure you don’t live in a state that requires your doctor’s approval prior to purchase. After buying the test, download the lab order that comes with it.
Step 2: Find the testing location near you from over 4,000 Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics sites across America and schedule your appointment.
Step 3: Bring the lab order and give your blood sample.
Step 4: Get your results in your private Personalabs account within 2 to 10 business days after testing. (Contact us if you require the results by a specific date, and we will work with the lab.)
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Estimated Turn Around For Results:
2-10 Business Days
For an exact turnaround time for results, please contact us at Personalabs and we will contact the lab on your behalf as turnaround times vary depending on testing location or lab testing provider.