Is my blood ferritin level of 14 ug/L high enough? Why am I still tired?
Patient :Hello Doctor,
Background: My ferritin levels are 14 ug/L. The lab where I got my test done (BC Canada) states that normal ferritin levels are >11 ug/L. My GP told me my iron levels are now normal and I am healthy. 19 yr old female.
I have two questions:
-Is my ferritin level of 14 ug/L are healthy enough? I read online that normal levels range between 18-160 ug/L.
-When will the symptoms of low iron fade? I still feel very fatigued and slight irritability.
Thank you very much in advance.
Symptoms: Fatigue, iron deficiency, history of anemia, low ferritin levels, low iron, 14 ug/L, normal iron range, low iron range, sleepy, tired, irritability
The normal range for serum ferritin (SF) varies from lab to lab. SF range also differs by gender, ethnicity and age. Such variations limit the consistency with which a healthcare provider can determine abnormal iron levels. For now, we recognize serum ferritin lower than 20ng/ml as iron deficiency and a serum ferritin elevated above 150ng/ml as potential iron overload. Other tests such as transferrin-iron saturation percentage (TS%) and hemoglobin are important to determine anemia.
If you are iron deficient, you may boost your ferritin levels with these approaches: Consume meals rich in vitamin C and lean cuts of red meat; Avoid calcium supplements, coffee or tea 2 hours before & after meat meals. If iron supplements are recommended, take them with vitamin C-rich foods or beverages. Your symptoms are likely to improve with regular therapy over next two months.
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