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Why test transferrin?

    Unless this is ordered as a retest or for a specific reason, we recommend ordering this as part of a health test. Transferrin is an important part of a complete iron panel and so is included in all tests that include iron markers
    • Diet

      Those who do not eat meat or seafood may have a lower intake of iron. A diet low in iron, vitamin B12 and folate increases the risk of Iron Deficiency anemia (IDA).
    • Health Check

      Discover your risk factors for lifestyle diseases in time to do something about them. Both anemia (low iron) and hemochromatosis (excess iron) are common health conditions.
    • Monitoring

      Monitor changes to your blood values as you make lifestyle changes, take supplements, or undergo treatments.
    • Health History

      A personal or family history of anemia or excess iron.
    • Heavy Periods

      Heavy periods increase blood loss, and thus the risk of anemia.
    • Pregnancy

      Pregnant women are at increased risk of anemia. Healthy iron levels are important for both mother and baby.
    • Athlete/active

      Iron is involved in muscle function, transporting oxygen to the tissues, and the conversion of carbohydrates into energy.
    • Symptoms

      Including low energy, fatigue, rapid heart rate (especially with exercise), dizziness, pale skin, leg cramps, insomnia, joint pain, stomach pain, liver disease, or skin changes.
    • Medications

      You take a drug, such as hydrocortisone or antacids, which increases the need for iron.
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