Why get tested?
The ferritin test is a measure of iron stored in the body. Iron deficiency makes an individual energy deficient and weak and such a condition is called anemia. Anemia is a deficiency of red blood cells in the body. Excess iron in the body can cause rheumatoid arthritis, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, or other inflammatory disease or autoimmune disorders. Certain types of cancer can also increase ferritin levels in the body.
What is being tested?
Ferritin is a protein found in the blood that contains iron. The ferritin test provides information about the quantity of iron stored in the body. The higher the concentration of iron found in blood, the more the quantity of iron stored in the body.