Iron is an essential nutrient that is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. Iron contained within hemoglobin is responsible for the transport of oxygen from the lungs into cells. Humans are unable to produce iron; thus, it must be absorbed from our diet.
Ferritin is a protein that contains iron. Its levels are indicative of your iron stores. High ferritin levels may mean your body is absorbing and storing too much iron, while low levels may mean you are at risk of iron deficiency.
Transferrin is a protein produced by the liver that is necessary to transport iron into cells. When iron stores are low, more transferrin is produced to increase iron intake. High transferrin levels may be indicative of iron deficiency.
Total iron binding capacity (TIBC) is a measure of the total capacity of your blood to bind and transport iron. It accounts for the amount of transferrin in your blood that is available to bind iron.
Both iron deficiency and iron overload can have a negative impact on your health. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, symptoms of which includes:
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath or fast heartbeat during strenuous activities
While iron overload can cause organ damage.
Hemochromatosis is a disorder caused by iron overload. Early symptoms of hemochromatosis include:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Memory problems
- Shortness of breath
- High blood sugar
- Low thyroid function
- Knuckle pain (“iron fist”)
This test allows you to monitor your iron levels in the privacy of your own home to establish that they fall within the normal range. Women are at higher risk of iron deficiency anemia and individuals of European ancestry are at higher risk of hemochromatosis.
This test must be taken first thing in the morning and returned to the lab the same day.
HOW IT WORKS
Order your test.
Choose the test that matches your need from our large array of tests. The kit will be delivered to your door step. There is no need to leave the comfort of your home.
Collect your sample.
Register and activate your test. Collect your sample first thing in the morning. Return your sample to our lab as soon as possible, using the prepaid envelope included in the kit.
Your sample will be tested as soon as it arrives in our lab. Your results will be available through our secure online platform.
Details and FAQs
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we usually get. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
We has a team of physicians who will review your order and results. Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if you test positive, you will receive a call to discuss your results and treatment options.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 9am and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the test kit. Each test includes a prepaid shipping envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Keeping your data secure is important to us. All data is completely anonymized to ensure that your privacy is maintained throughout the process. We will not share your information with any third party.
All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government schemes.
Therizon laboratories are CLIA approved and CAP-accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation. Tests kits are manufactured within our ISO 17025 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.