Iron studies are extremely important to test to ensure that you have sufficient iron levels in your body. It is used to diagnosed anaemia (lack of iron) or iron excess. Both of which can lead to serious health conditions. When conducted together with B12 and folate levels, it can accurately diagnose the exact type of anaemia (macrocytic anaemia), which ensures definitive treatment of the anaemia.
Who should get tested?
- People of Asian, Chinese, Mediterranean, or African American ethnicity
- People with family history of thalassaemia
- People diagnosed with anaemia
- People who frequently restrict their diets to certain food groups (ie vegetarian, vegan, etc) can put themselves at risk of certain nutritional deficiencies – anaemia included.
- Patients who have undergone recent surgery or who have preexisting conditions are also at risk.
- Pregnant women, or recently pregnant women
- Malnourished / elderly patients – heavy alcohol intake
- B12 macrocytic anaemia: individuals on vegan/vegetarian diets, patients with previous bowel surgery, family history, HIV, Crohn's disease
- Folate macrocytic anaemia: individuals on vegan/vegetarian diets, excess alcohol use, autoimmune disease, family history
What's included in the Basic General Screening at Healtopedia:
▸Full Blood Examination
▸Hb Analysis (Electrophoresis)
▸% Transferrin Saturation
A full comprehensive report with complete tests breakdown will be made available in soft and hard copy within 24-48 hours. Any abnormalities or discrepancies will be highlighted. You will then be offered the opportunity to see a medical specialist who will review the results with you within 24 hours of receiving your report.
Fasting : please fast for 10 hours prior to your blood test. No food or drinks are allowed, however water is permitted.
Women : for more accurate results, it is recommended that you do this test 3 days before or 3 days after menstruation.
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