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What should my iron levels be?

The general reference range for serum iron levels in adults is typically around 60 to 170 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) or 10.74 to 30.42 micromoles per liter (µmol/L).


Additionally, assessing other iron-related markers such as ferritin, transferrin saturation, and total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) can provide a more comprehensive evaluation of iron status.


What are the iron-related markers?

1. Ferritin levels reflect the body's iron stores, and values between 12 to 300 (ng/mL) for men and 12 to 150 ng/mL are considered normal.


2. Transferrin saturation, which measures the percentage of iron bound to transferrin, should ideally fall within the range of 20-50% for men and 15-50% for women.


3. TIBC measures the total amount of iron that transferrin can bind and is typically around 240-450 μg/dL. Deviations from these ranges may indicate iron deficiency anemia or other iron-related disorders.


It's important to note that reference ranges may differ between laboratories, and the interpretation of your specific iron levels should be done by a healthcare professional. They will consider factors such as your age, sex, medical history, and symptoms to determine if your iron levels are within the normal range or if further evaluation and intervention are necessary.


If you have concerns about your iron levels, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional who can assess your specific situation, order appropriate tests, and provide personalized advice based on your individual health needs.

References:

  1. Mount Sinai. (n.d.). Iron deficiency anemia. Mount Sinai Health Library. Retrieved from https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia

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