The Bloom Ferritin Test
The Bloom Ferritin Test is designed to quickly reflect your body’s iron stores from the comfort of your own home or at a certified local Bloom partner. The use of serum ferritin as a marker of total iron stores in the body is widely established in clinical practice. While low ferritin levels are indicative of iron deficiency, elevated ferritin levels can correspond to iron overload.
More than just a test result
When coupled with the Bloom Lab, Bloom App and Bloom Analytics, the Bloom Ferritin Test is designed to quantify and, together with the Bloom Ferritin Report, interpret the test results based on your medical history in combination with healthcare guidelines and scientific research. What does this mean? This means that our dedicated medical team has researched scientific literature (guidelines, studies and literature reviews) to help you understand how to interpret the Bloom Ferritin Test result based on your particular symptoms, current and past illnesses, medicines, lifestyle as well as illnesses in your family.
Designed to provide fast results
The Bloom Ferritin Report is available on your smartphone within a few minutes - including a personalized interpretation of the results and recommendations. Depending on your iron storage status, the recommendations can help optimize your diet, enrich your knowledge on iron rich food sources and provide information on iron supplementation.
Who benefits from a Ferritin test?
Although the Bloom Ferritin Test is suitable for everyone above 18 years old*, taking the test is advised if you are worried about your iron levels or belong to a group of people that are susceptible to iron deficiency or overload. These include:
- Vegans and vegetarians
- People who have experienced previous or recent blood loss, e.g. women dealing with heavy periods or regular blood donors
- People with known malabsorption problems, such as coeliac disease
- People with hemochromatosis, or with a family history of hemochromatosis
- People having repeated blood transfusions
- People with liver disease, such as alcoholic liver disease or chronic hepatitis C infection
If you are experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned below, you might want to check your ferritin levels as well.
Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia (a severe form of iron deficiency) may include:
Fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, poor physical performance and weakness, headaches, pale skin, and cravings for ice/dirt/starch.
Symptoms of iron overload may include:
Unusual tiredness, weight loss, loss of libido, bronze/grey-looking skin, joint pain or abdominal pain.
* The Bloom Ferritin Test is not recommended if you are less than 18 years old, pregnant, intoxicated or in an acute situation of emergency and distress. It is furthermore important to note that ferritin is one of the so-called acute phase proteins and its serum level can increase under acute or chronic inflammatory conditions and that ferritin levels do therefore not properly reflect iron stores during inflammatory conditions (including, but not limited to infections, autoimmune diseases, organ-specific inflammatory conditions, diabetes, etc.).
Learn more about Ferritin
Ferritin is a protein that stores iron in your body. Iron is needed to produce healthy red blood cells, which are crucial to transport oxygen from your lungs to the rest of the body. It is not produced by the body itself, instead iron needs to be absorbed from either the foods you eat or supplements you take. Without enough iron, your red blood cells will be unable to supply enough oxygen potentially leading to anemia. Having too much iron, however, isn’t good either as this may cause tissue damage and ultimately organ failure. Low ferritin levels are a good indicator of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia, and elevated ferritin levels can indicate iron overload in the body (e.g. hemochromatosis). References
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Where can I buy the Bloom Ferritin Test?
Bloom Diagnostics will make healthcare more accessible through an easy to use medical testing system. Our products are developed and produced in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The Bloom Ferritin Test is available for the lay use at home and at our partner locations.