Why Measure your Blood Iron Levels?
Excess iron, as well as low levels, can significantly impact health. Hemochromatosis, a genetic disorder that increases iron absorption, is the most common cause of excess iron and affects 1.5 million people in the US. The disease can manifest in a variety of symptoms, including skin pigmentation, diabetes, cardiac dysfunction, and cancer.
Excessive iron levels have also been linked to neurological and psychiatric symptoms such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. Iron is essential in the body, and iron deficiency can lead to anemia, while blood loss and toxic elements like lead can also reduce iron utilization. Iron absorption is increased by ascorbic acid, and red meats are more readily absorbed than other sources. Iron is stored in the iron-binding protein transferrin and is released when iron deficiency occurs. Nutritional iron is mostly incorporated into the protein in red blood cells called hemoglobin, and iron is also present in the respiratory complexes of mitochondria and in detoxification enzymes like cytochrome p450 enzymes.
Learn More About the Iron + Total Iron-Binding Capacity Test: Explore FAQs
MosaicDX’s Iron + Total Iron Binding Capacity Test assesses three key areas:
- Total Iron
- Total Iron Binding Capacity
- Percent Saturation
MosaicDX’s Iron + Total Iron Binding Capacity Test reveals low or excessive levels for a more personalized treatment plan.
Test Prep and Instructions
MosaicDX offers patient-friendly sample collection kits that simplify testing. Our kits include visual, step-by-step instructions for test preparation and sample collection, personalized shipping cards, and pediatric collection bags if needed. With MosaicDX, patients can easily collect samples for testing with confidence and accuracy.
Related Symptoms and Conditions
There are a number of symptoms and conditions associated with abnormal iron levels:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Liver cancer and other cancers
- Bipolar depression
- Friedreich ataxia (FA)
- Kufor-Rakeb disease (KRD)
- Cardiac insufficiency
- Amyotrophic laterosclerosis
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Autoimmune disease
- FA2H-associated neurodegeneration (FAHN)
- PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration (PLAN)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Immune suppression with increased infectious diseases
- Pantothenate kinase-2-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN)