What should your ferritin level be?
A ferritin test measures the amount of ferritin in your blood. A ferritin test helps your doctor understand how much iron your body is storing. If a ferritin test reveals that your blood ferritin level is lower than normal, it indicates your body's iron stores are low and you have iron deficiency.
Iron deficiency without anemia can occur when a person has a normal hemoglobin, but below normal serum ferritin and/or transferrin saturation. Iron deficiency with anemia can occur when a person has low values of both serum ferritin and hemoglobin.
- Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, weakness, and headache. The type of anemia that is common with RA is called anemia of chronic disease. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, as well as joint pain.
- Most people with iron deficiency need 150-200 mg per day of elemental iron (2 to 5 mg of iron per kilogram of body weight per day). Ask your doctor how many milligrams of iron you should be taking per day.
- When kidneys are diseased or damaged, they do not make enough EPO. As a result, the bone marrow makes fewer red blood cells, causing anemia. Other common causes of anemia in people with kidney disease include blood loss from hemodialysis and low levels of the following nutrients found in food: iron.
The development of iron deficiency anemia is a gradual process. If not corrected, the stored iron begins to be depleted as it is used in the production of red blood cells. In the early stages of iron-deficiency, blood levels of iron can be normal while stored iron, and therefore ferritin levels, will begin to decrease.
- The results may vary slightly among laboratories, but in general, normal ferritin levels range from 12 to 300 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/mL) for males and 12 to 150 ng/mL for females.
- A ferritin test measures the amount of ferritin in your blood. A ferritin test helps your doctor understand how much iron your body is storing. If a ferritin test reveals that your blood ferritin level is lower than normal, it indicates your body's iron stores are low and you have iron deficiency.
- Rich sources of non-haem iron include:
- Whole eggs (iron is found in the yolk)
- Legumes (such as lentils and chickpeas)
- Dark leafy greens (such as spinach)
- Pumpkin seeds.
Updated: 21st August 2018