As the name suggests, this screening test is an important assessment and is often performed if you suspect that you have too little or too much iron in your system. Iron deficiency in Australia is one of the most common problems identified.
Iron is needed to help form adequate numbers of normal red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Low iron levels can lead to anaemia, in which the body does not have enough red blood cells leading to easy fatigue and lack of energy. Iron deficiency is a reflection of poor dietary intake, poor absorption or excessive loss of iron through bleeding, so it is vitally important to find the cause of iron deficiency as it may indicate important underlying diseases.
The iron status screen test measures how much iron you have in your blood, as well as the amount of iron you have stored in your body. This iron test can be used to identify anaemia or monitor an existing iron deficiency.
It is recommended to be order this test if you experience:
- Excessive Fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Pale looking