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Please note – In addition to the price of tests, there is also a phlebotomy cost for the withdrawal and handling of your sample. This is a standard charge across all clinics. The cost of sample handling is £50, but this is discounted to £30 only if paid in advance. Please choose the pay later option to pay the full amount upon your arrival at the clinic or choose pay now in order to pay in advance and secure the discounted fee.

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Iron status
6 biomarkers evaluating your iron status
Features:
  • Iron
  • TIBC
  • UIBC
  • Transferrin
  • Transferrin saturation

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Click “book now” & select the date and time. If you do not know which test you need, or if you need multiple tests, select “general appointment”. Pay for your appointment in advance & save £20 on phlebotomy fees.

3

Visit our clinic

Upon arrival at the clinic, our staff will confirm your test selection, and take the samples required to provide you your reports.

4

Receive your results

After analysing your sample in our lab, you will receive a PDF report by email. Most results are available within 24 hours.

What can I learn from this test?

Iron is an essential mineral that’s needed to make haemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that helps transport oxygen around your body. It also plays an important role in supporting your immune system, maintaining energy levels, and regulating body temperature. When your iron level is low, you can feel tired and be more susceptible to illnesses and infections. And a severe lack of iron could lead to iron deficiency anaemia, which causes fatigue, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations.

What can I test?

Iron

Iron is a mineral that is essential for life. It is a component of haemoglobin, a protein in our red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen around our body. If we don't have enough iron, our haemoglobin levels fall and we can't get sufficient oxygen to our cells. This can cause symptoms which include fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Serum iron is a very transient reading and can be influenced by the amount of iron-rich food in your diet in the days before your blood test. For this reason, iron is rarely looked at on its own, and is interpreted alongside other markers in an iron status test.

TIBC

Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) is a blood test that measures the maximum amount of iron that the blood can carry, bound to the protein transferrin. It is used to assess the body's iron stores and iron metabolism. A high TIBC often indicates iron deficiency anemia, as the body attempts to produce more transferrin to bind available iron, whereas a low TIBC may suggest conditions like chronic illness or hemochromatosis. Together with serum iron and transferrin saturation, TIBC provides valuable insights into a person's iron status.

UIBC

Unsaturated iron-binding capacity (UIBC) is a measurement used to determine the remaining capacity of transferrin, a protein that transports iron in the bloodstream, to bind to additional iron. When iron levels are low, UIBC values are typically higher, indicating that more of transferrin's binding sites are available. Conversely, when iron levels are high, UIBC values are lower. Measuring UIBC, alongside other tests, can help in diagnosing iron-related disorders such as iron deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis.

Transferrin

Transferrin is a protein found in the bloodstream responsible for transporting iron from the gut and liver to developing red blood cells in the bone marrow. Its levels can fluctuate based on the body's iron status. A high transferrin level typically suggests iron deficiency, as the body produces more transferrin to maximize iron uptake, while a low level can indicate conditions like chronic disease or iron overload. Monitoring transferrin levels, alongside other iron-related tests, is crucial for assessing the body's iron balance and related disorders.

Transferrin saturation

Transferrin saturation (TSAT) represents the percentage of transferrin iron-binding sites occupied by iron. It is used to assess the body's current iron status. A high TSAT can indicate iron overload conditions, such as hemochromatosis, while a low TSAT often suggests iron deficiency. By measuring the amount of iron bound to transferrin in relation to the total iron-binding capacity, TSAT provides a more dynamic picture of iron availability and can guide diagnosis and treatment of various iron-related disorders.

Ferritin

Ferritin is a protein which stores iron in your cells and tissues. Usually, the body incorporates iron into haemoglobin to be transported around the body, but when it has a surplus, it stores the remaining iron in ferritin for later use. Measuring ferritin levels gives us a good indication of the amount of iron stored in your body.

Iron

Iron is a mineral that is essential for life. It is a component of haemoglobin, a protein in our red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen around our body. If we don't have enough iron, our haemoglobin levels fall and we can't get sufficient oxygen to our cells. This can cause symptoms which include fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Serum iron is a very transient reading and can be influenced by the amount of iron-rich food in your diet in the days before your blood test. For this reason, iron is rarely looked at on its own, and is interpreted alongside other markers in an iron status test.

TIBC

Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) is a blood test that measures the maximum amount of iron that the blood can carry, bound to the protein transferrin. It is used to assess the body's iron stores and iron metabolism. A high TIBC often indicates iron deficiency anemia, as the body attempts to produce more transferrin to bind available iron, whereas a low TIBC may suggest conditions like chronic illness or hemochromatosis. Together with serum iron and transferrin saturation, TIBC provides valuable insights into a person's iron status.

UIBC

Unsaturated iron-binding capacity (UIBC) is a measurement used to determine the remaining capacity of transferrin, a protein that transports iron in the bloodstream, to bind to additional iron. When iron levels are low, UIBC values are typically higher, indicating that more of transferrin's binding sites are available. Conversely, when iron levels are high, UIBC values are lower. Measuring UIBC, alongside other tests, can help in diagnosing iron-related disorders such as iron deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis.

Transferrin

Transferrin is a protein found in the bloodstream responsible for transporting iron from the gut and liver to developing red blood cells in the bone marrow. Its levels can fluctuate based on the body's iron status. A high transferrin level typically suggests iron deficiency, as the body produces more transferrin to maximize iron uptake, while a low level can indicate conditions like chronic disease or iron overload. Monitoring transferrin levels, alongside other iron-related tests, is crucial for assessing the body's iron balance and related disorders.

Transferrin saturation

Transferrin saturation (TSAT) represents the percentage of transferrin iron-binding sites occupied by iron. It is used to assess the body's current iron status. A high TSAT can indicate iron overload conditions, such as hemochromatosis, while a low TSAT often suggests iron deficiency. By measuring the amount of iron bound to transferrin in relation to the total iron-binding capacity, TSAT provides a more dynamic picture of iron availability and can guide diagnosis and treatment of various iron-related disorders.

Ferritin

Ferritin is a protein which stores iron in your cells and tissues. Usually, the body incorporates iron into haemoglobin to be transported around the body, but when it has a surplus, it stores the remaining iron in ferritin for later use. Measuring ferritin levels gives us a good indication of the amount of iron stored in your body.

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