Low ferritin levels indicate iron deficiency, says MedicineNet. When iron levels are low, the body struggles to produce hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that allows them to carry oxygen, notes Mayo Clinic. This leads to iron deficiency anemia.
For the treatment for low ferritin levels, or iron-deficiency anemia, dietary change and supplements can sometimes be sufficient, but IV therapy, blood transfusions and injections of iron may be necessary treatments in some cases. The severity and cause of low ferritin levels dictates the treatment,
If an individual has a low ferritin level, the individual has an iron deficiency that can be caused by a variety of conditions, according to WebMD. The individual should consult a doctor to determine the cause in order to discern the appropriate treatment, according to Mayo Clinic.
Iron deficiency, either through lack of iron in the diet or absorption issues, causes low ferritin, B-12 and iron levels, according to Mayo Clinic. Other vitamins, such as B-12, C, folate and zinc, assist in more efficient iron absorption, according to the Iron Disorders Institute.
A low level of ferritin indicates iron deficiency is present in a body, explains Healthline. A diet low in iron and anemia both cause iron deficiency.
Causes of a low ferritin level include chronic bleeding in the digestive tract, heavy menstrual bleeding, iron-deficiency anemia and problems absorbing iron, explains MedlinePlus. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron in the body.
Individuals suffering from low ferritin levels may exhibit signs of anemia and other conditions related to iron deficiency, according to Mayo Clinic. Ferritin is a protein that binds with iron and allows the body to store iron in the blood.
Ferritin levels are the amount of ferritin in the blood related to the amount of iron stored in the body, according to MedlinePlus. Ferritin levels are measured to identify likely causes of anemia, detect inflammation, or to determine whether there is excess iron in the body.
Some issues that raise ferritin levels in the body are hereditary hemochromatosis and alcoholic liver disease, according to MedlinePlus. Chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and some forms of cancer, also cause high ferritin levels, notes MedicineNet.
Patients can lower ferritin levels in the bloodstream by donating blood, consuming calcium-rich foods, undergoing iron chelation therapy, drinking coffee or tea and limiting vitamin C supplementation at mealtimes, according to the Iron Disorders Institute. Elevated ferritin levels may occur because