Dr. Amy Myers Iron Panel

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  • Dr. Amy Myers Iron Panel

    • $59.00
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    This blood test measures Iron and Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC) levels and ferritin levels.

    Test Description:
    First, about Iron: The total amount of iron bound to transferrin is known as Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC). The body makes transferrin in relationship to the need for iron. Total Iron Binding Capacity is an approximate estimation of the serum transferrin level. Iron plays a principle role in producing red blood cells and is transported in the blood as transferrin, a major transport protein. TIBC is low with iron deficiency anemia and high with anemia of chronic disease. TIBC is also used to help confirm a diagnoses of iron overload, also known as hemochromatosis.

    Second, about Ferritin: Ferritin is a protein produced in the liver for the storage of iron. Ferritin is used to evaluate iron stores in the body. Ferritin helps identify iron deficiency anemia and may be a better indicator of iron deficiency anemia than hemoglobin. Ferritin levels increase with increases in inflammatory markers such as C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and Interleukin (IL-10). Iron plays an essential role in supporting and maintaining healthy brain tissue. Conversely, iron can also play a toxic role by exacerbating damage to brain tissue as seen in stroke or trauma. In neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, elevated levels of iron have been found in areas of the brain that are affected by these neurodegenerative diseases.

    Detailed Information:
    Iron contributes two key steps to thyroid hormone production. First, the enzyme that converts iodide to iodine (so that it can combine with tyrosine to become thyroid hormones) is dependent on iron. Second, like selenium and zinc, iron is required to convert T4 to T3.

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:

    1. For optimal results, please fast for 10-12 hours prior to testing. Please be well hydrated, water only.
    2. Your test results should be finished processing in 7-14 business days.
    3. When your results have finished processing, a copy will be sent directly to you.

    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.