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A ferritin test is used to test the amount of a blood protein called ferritin to see how your body is storing iron. This can help to diagnose health problems such as anaemia, liver problems, rheumatoid arthritis, hyperthyroidism or even some cancers. The body needs iron to allow haemoglobin in the blood to supply oxygen to its cells. Ferritin stores iron gained from food to ensure the body has enough supplies available to use when needed.

Levels of ferritin that are higher or lower than normal can both indicate underlying health issues which can sometimes be symptomless. Ferritin tests are therefore useful to gain an overview of what is happening in your body, and they are particularly recommended for adults who are experiencing symptoms like lack of energy.


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What is a ferritin test?

Your body needs iron to allow haemoglobin in the blood to carry oxygen to all its cells. The body uses some of the iron gained from food intake straight away, and stores some to utilise later. Ferritin stores this extra amount and only releases it when the body needs to produce more red blood cells. This process involves ferritin combining with another protein called transferrin, which transports it where the new red blood cells need to be produced.

Ferritin is therefore important to store enough iron for the body to use when necessary, and a lack of this protein may mean your red blood cells are unable to supply a sufficient amount of oxygen to the body’s cells.

A ferritin test measures the ferritin levels in the blood, and simply involves taking a blood sample with an at-home finger prick kit. If your ferritin levels are low, it could indicate an iron deficiency and if they are high, it could be an indication of several conditions such as hemochromatosis, liver disease or porphyria – but more tests will be needed to diagnose these.


What’s included in a ferritin test?

Our home ferritin test kits include:

  • A finger prick kit and vials for blood collection
  • A clear set of instructions
  • A pre-paid, self-adhesive Royal mail tracked service label
  • Results from an accredited lab within 8 days
  • Access to your own MyWellness online account to view your detailed results
  • Access to a 24/7 GP Helpline for a year

How to buy a ferritin test

Ferritin tests are also included in all of our home test kit packages – Base, Extra and Total. The three packages offer different levels of testing including up to 33 key health readings depending on the package chosen. This means you will be able to find a test suited to your own personal needs – from bone and muscle health through to liver and kidney function and heart disease risks. We provide great value with prices starting at only £59 and additional extras being included such as your own MyWellness results portal and 24/7 GP helpline access for a year.

Did you know you could also get a ferritin test as part of our more comprehensive full body MOT packages? These consist of in-depth, face-to-face health checks with a Health Assessment Specialists, which you can easily book online at one of over 2,000 mobile clinics available nationwide.

Home Test Kits

Base Home Test Kit

£ 59

Track and improve your health from the comfort of your own home with the Base Home Test Kit package.

£69 when bought separately

19 Blood Readings - 24/7 GP Helpline

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Home Test Kits

Extra Home Test Kit

£ 89

Track and improve your health from the comfort of your own home with the Extra Home Test Kit package.

£99 when bought separately

31 Blood Readings - 24/7 GP Helpline

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Home Test Kits

Total Home Test Kit

£ 119

Track and improve your health from the comfort of your own home with the Total Home Test Kit package.

£129 when bought separately

33 Blood Readings - 24/7 GP Helpline

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Health MOTs

Complete

£ 269

Includes a private GP consultation and a PLAC test to check your artery health.

£430 when bought separately

38 Blood Readings - 6 Clinician Checks - GP Consultation - 24/7 GP Helpline

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Core

£ 169

Includes a full blood count assessing risk from infection, inflammation, and anaemia

£330 when bought separately

35 Blood Readings - 6 Clinician Tests - 24/7 GP Helpline

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Health MOTs

Active

£ 129

Key readings covering your heart health and stroke risk, liver and kidney health and general health markers.

£270 when bought separately

22 Blood Readings - 5 Clinician Tests - 24/7 GP Helpline

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why take a ferritin test?

    A ferritin test is a simple blood test to assess the ferritin levels in the body. It is a quick and convenient way to assess your levels, especially if you are feeling tired and/or lack energy as it could be an indication of several conditions. A ferritin test will help you determine if this is caused by your body storing too much or too little iron.

    It is a useful way to gain an understanding of what is happening inside of your body as some conditions associated with abnormal ferritin levels are symptomless in the early stages. Knowing your levels can help you improve your health by taking the necessary corrective actions through follow up with your GP should your levels be abnormal.

  • What does a ferritin blood test show?

    A ferritin test shows if your body is storing too much or too little iron. This is achieved by assessing ferritin levels, which are measured in micrograms by litre. The levels measured can be assessed against the normal ranges to determine abnormalities. These levels are different for men and women.

  • What are normal ferritin levels?

    The normal ranges for blood ferritin vary between laboratories but as a guide they are as:

    Men 24 to 336 micrograms per litre
    Women 11 to 307 micrograms per litre
  • What does low ferritin levels mean?

    Ferritin levels that are lower indicates that you have iron deficiency. This might be caused by insufficient iron in your diet, an inability to absorb iron or blood loss.   It is important that your doctor finds out the cause of the deficiency to treat appropriately.

    Knowing both of your ferritin and blood iron levels can help assess the cause of abnormal levels. In fact, low blood iron levels combined with low ferritin levels may indicate anaemia, whilst low blood iron levels combined with high ferritin levels may be the sign of a chronic disease.

  • What does high ferritin levels indicate?

    High ferritin levels could indicate that your body is storing too much iron, which could be caused by several conditions, including:

    • Hemochromatosis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Iron poisoning
    • Adult-onset Still’s disease
    • Frequent blood transfusions
    • Liver disease, for example chronic hepatitis C

    Ferritin levels also increase in the body in response to inflammation. Therefore, high levels can be an indication of cancers such as leukaemia or Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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