Iron Deficiency Test

39,00 £

GetTested’s Iron Deficiency Test is a test that measures the concentration of ferritin in the body, which is a protein that binds and stores iron. Too low a value indicates iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia. However, too high a value is also not good and can mean that your body stores iron and has difficulty getting rid of it (hemochromatosis), which can be a problem as iron is toxic in too high doses.

The test is performed via a so-called capillary blood test at home, which means that you will take a small stick in your finger and squeeze out a few drops of blood. This is then sent to our lab for analysis and everything you need to do the test you get home after you place your order.

yesAt-home test without need for a doctor’s visit

yesClinically approved test that is analyzed by an ISO 13485 certified lab

yesComprehensive result report in English

yesFast results

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How the test works

The test is performed via a so-called capillary blood test at home, which means that you will do a small poke in your finger and squeeze out a few drops of blood. This is then sent to our lab for analysis and everything you will need to perform the test will arrive to your home after you place your order.

About iron

Iron is a mineral that is important for a variety of functions in our bodies. Most of the iron is needed for oxygen transport and is found in the red blood cells. It is needed for the normal development of the brain and for the function of the immune system. It also has a great impact on many enzymes in the body. Iron deficiency is common, especially among young women. Food contains two types of iron with different abilities to be absorbed into the body, Iron II (so-called heme Iron) and Iron III (so-called non-heme Iron). Iron deficiency can have many serious effects in the body but even too high levels are dangerous. It is therefore very important to take a blood sample before it is established that you have an iron deficiency and decide to take iron supplements.

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is common, especially in young menstruating women. The levels of iron are generally low in this specific target group but also in female long-distance runners, anorexics and women of fertile age. It can also be seen that during heavy physical exertion, the red blood cells break down, which affects the iron levels in the body and can result in poorer performance because the body can then not be optimally oxygenated. A common symptom of iron deficiency is general fatigue, where the fatigue is due to the red blood cells needed to oxygenate the body’s tissues shrinking, similar to physical performance. Another sign of iron deficiency is increased susceptibility to infection as iron is essential for the function of the immune system. Depression is also common in deficiency because the brain’s neurotransmitter is negatively affected at low levels of iron.

Iron II (heme Iron) harmful to the body in excessive doses

Iron II, so-called heme iron, can be easily absorbed into the body and is found in animal products such as meat, liver, fish, shellfish and eggs. The disadvantage of the heme iron is that the body always absorbs this iron regardless of whether the body needs it or not. Extra heme iron for those who do not suffer from iron deficiency can be harmful to the body and have many negative health effects, such as an increase in the harmful free radicals and an increased degree of inflammation in the body. Excessive iron intake can also lead to copper deficiency and liver damage.

Iron III (non-heme iron) difficult for the body to absorb

Iron III is most often referred to as non-heme iron. This type of iron is found in vegetables such as spinach, whole grains and legumes. The body has difficulty absorbing this type, but together with vitamin C, iron III is converted to iron II, which increases the body’s uptake. Coffee, tea and some vegetables impair iron absorption, both from heme iron and non-heme iron.

Additional information

Weight 0,030 kg

Instructions

You take the test yourself at home through a so-called capillary blood test. This means that you will have to make a small stick in your finger and squeeze out a few drops of blood on a piece of paper or into a test tube. Your sample is then sent to our lab for analysis and you will receive your answer digitally as soon as the lab has analyzed your sample.

  1. Make a purchase on the website and pay with Swish or card (Visa, AMEX or Mastercard). Easy and safe.

  2.  A test kit is sent to the address you enter when ordering. After your order, we will send home a test kit with instructions. It also comes with a stamped envelope that is mailed to us. It is recommended to send in your sample on a Monday or Tuesday.

  3. Carry out the test according to the instructions included in your test kit and on the web. Our Support can also answer all possible questions, before and after submissions and results.

  4. Send the test kit to our ISO certified lab and wait for results digitally. You will normally receive an answer within 15 working days after our lab has received your sample.

For more detailed instructions, see here under the category “Blood test“.

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