The Ferritin test helps to detect the prsence of total amount of ferritin prsent in your blood. Basically this test helps the doctor to diagnose how much amount of iron is being stored in your body. when your previous blood test indicates you of suffering from possibilty of anemia and a rare form of arthritis called restless leg syndrome, the dcotor also recommends this test.
Iron is stored in the form of protein in your body, which is named as ferritin. The human body is capable of storing all the necessary nutrients, protein and iron for future use. When your body is not getting of minerals rich diet, the stored protein and nutrients are used up by your body. This is when you get low on iron and requires more iron in your body.
Due to the above-mentioned cause, you might get low on the level of oxygen which is responsible for carrying the protein to the red blood cells of the body. Thus, your hemoglobin and hematocrit level gets low. This cause leads to the possibility of iron deficiency anemia.
In another case, this test even helps to identify a disease related to the liver as well.
As a result of which, it indicates that your body is storing more protein than the required amount. The reason behind the high level of iron would indicate any infection, alcohol abuse, overactive thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, and cancer.
There is no such precuation required before the test. But if this test accompanies any other additional test, you will be advised to fast before the test.
Depending on your test results, the doctor will advise you to include more of iron-rich food in your diet or prescribe you with iron supplements. Iron tablets are a source of substitute that helps your body to restore the level of required iron.
Besides, you will get better test results in the future if a proper iron-rich diet is followed.
Included iron-rich food through meat, poultry, and fish. While adding iron-rich vegetables are also effective. It includes dark green and leafy vegetables.
Adding other nutrients such as dried fruits, nuts, and cereals benefit you more.