Low Ferritin levels - What is the cause?

Patient : Hi i have been told by my doctor that my ferritin level is 11 and it should be at least 22, if nothing is done to increase the level should i be worried?
Doctor :   Ferritin is an intracellular protein that binds to iron and stores it inside the body. This iron is then released when i t is needed by the body. The ferritin test is an indirect measurement of the amount of iron in the body. A decreased amount of ferritin will make you prone to anemia. The common symptoms of anemia are fatigue, tiredness, dizziness and headaches. As the anemia progresses you may develop breathlessness, chest pain, oral sores, body aches and sometimes craving for eating dirt, chalk or clay known as pica. A low ferritin may also be due to an underlying disease such as liver disease, autoimmune disease, chronic infections and in certain cancers. I would advise you to consult with your physician to determine the cause of the decreased ferritin levels. A diet containing green leafy vegetables, spinach, cereals, meat, fish and poultry will help in increasing the ferritin levels in the body.

Related Q&A

Q: Hello, I recently noticed that my nails have no moon and that they have a somewhat of a paleness white area to them f...

Q: I have blood clots in my leg at the top of the thigh in the femoral artery. I also have the factor 5 .I was put on X...

Q: 4.5 years ago, after my 3rd child was born, I had massive blood loss and needed an iron infusion. I had a slight alle...

Q: So I recently found out my ferritin was low only because my hair started to fall out. Every year I go for a blood te...

Q: Hi Just had a blood test and have been given result which I don't understand Can you help me please? I have a mean c...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon

IMAGES ON ASK THE DOCTOR


CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews