Iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies worldwide. An outcome of the deficiency can be anemia, which is associated with tiredness, paleness, dry skin, brittle fingernails, and increased susceptibility to infections. If you are aware of an insufficient supply of iron, you can counteract this with a change in diet or suitable dietary supplements.
With the cerascreen® iron deficiency test, find out your ferritin levels. Ferritin is the form iron takes when stored in your blood. The result gives you an indication of a possible iron deficiency. The test is made up of an at-home sampling kit and pre-paid return shipping envelope: you painlessly collect a few drops of blood on our sample card, and your sample is then evaluated in a CLIA certified medical laboratory.
- Take a sample at home - simply & discreetly
- Professional analysis in the medical laboratory
- Clear and simple report telling you your Ferritin levels
- Actionable, personal recommendations to prevent iron deficiency
- Quick turnaround - Results within days after receipt of the sample
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Collect a blood sample
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Send the sample
Using the included return packaging, send your dried blood sample by USPS mail to our partner lab free of charge.
Our CLIA-certified partner lab will test your sample to determine the concentration of ferritin in your blood.
The result report tells you your ferritin levels, in other words, the form iron takes when stored in the blood. You will also receive recommendations for improving your iron values.
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The at-home sample collection kits from cerascreen® will be analyzed in a CLIA-certified partner lab. All of our partner labs fulfill our high-quality standards.
The Benefits of the Ferritin Test
An iron deficiency can be associated with unspecific symptoms, including tiredness, headaches, dry skin, and brittle fingernails. All of these symptoms can be due to other causes, so it makes sense to check your iron supply before resorting to supplements.
For the cerascreen ® iron deficiency test you do not have to visit a doctor's office and you do not have to wait. You take the sample comfortably and discreetly at home. The evaluation is then carried out in a specialist medical laboratory.
Benefit from our expertise: cerascreen® has a wealth of experience as the market leader for medical sampling and return kits in Europe, with 8 years of developing and evaluating tests. We have developed more than 50 approved test kits (medical devices), evaluated 250,000 samples, and delivered to 19 countries, and we're excited and proud to serve the US market also!
The Results Report
As soon as your sample has been evaluated, you will be able to view your individual results report in the my cerascreen® mobile app or our secure online customer area where you can also print the report.
Result of laboratory analysis: Discover how high your ferritin level is and thus how good your body's supply of iron is.
Individualised practical recommendations: Learn how to prevent iron deficiency.
Important health information: Learn how iron enters the body and what functions it performs there.
Frequently Asked Questions About Iron Deficiency
Why should I test my iron levels?
Iron is an important nutrient that your body needs to process food. Iron deficiency leads to negative effects on blood formation and the oxygen supply to the body, among other things.
We often do not notice an iron deficiency for a long time once it sets in. Iron deficiency symptoms are relatively unspecific and not always easy to assign. It can happen that people affected only notice their iron deficiency when they have already developed anemia.
To avoid this, it can be worthwhile to regularly check your own iron supply - especially if you are on a vegetarian or vegan diet, for example.
It is also advisable to have such a test before resorting to iron supplements because too large amounts of iron can lead to an excess of iron and create discomfort.
Who should take the test?
In principle, anyone can be affected by iron deficiency. However, there are some at-risk groups that should pay particular attention to their iron levels.
For example, women are more often affected than men. Groups at risk include elderly people, pregnant and breastfeeding women, vegetarian or vegan people, and competitive athletes. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and competitive sports can lead to an increased need for iron.
How does the iron deficiency test work?
You prick your fingertips with a lancet and take a few drops of blood. Send the blood sample in a collection tube to a certified specialist laboratory. Within a few days you will receive a notification and you will then find your individual results report in the personal customer area on the my cerascreen ® app or in your user account area on our website.
What does the result of the iron deficiency test tell me?
In the iron deficiency results report, you will find details on your ferritin levels (value). This value is a measure of how well you are supplied with iron. You will find out which ranges are optimal for the ferritin value and what your own iron level is.
What recommendations do I get?
In the results report, you will find out how you can counteract an insufficient supply of iron. For example, it is possible that you change your diet and can make specific changes to include iron-containing foods in your meals menu. Dietary supplements with iron can also be an option.
What is iron?
Iron is an essential trace element - a substance that your body needs but cannot produce itself. You must therefore take in trace elements, such as iron, through your diet.
Iron plays an important role in cellular respiration. It is involved in producing the red blood pigment hemoglobin, which the body needs to carry oxygen from the lungs to all cells. Iron also strengthens the immune system and improves the health of the skin, hair, and nails.
How does my body get enough iron?
Iron only gets into your body through food. Iron is better absorbed from animal foods than from plant-based foods. As a vegetarian or vegan, you should therefore pay particular attention to your iron levels and be intentional with consuming iron-rich foods within your diet. You can also take plant-based supplements of iron together with foods rich in vitamin C (which promotes iron absorption). Combinations of legumes and vegetables, such as peppers or oatmeal with berries rich in vitamin C, can also be effective.
Here are some examples of foods rich in iron:
- Meat, sausage, beef, and pork offal
- Lentils, peas, beans, soy
- Amaranth, quinoa, oatmeal, millet
- Chicken eggs
- Spinach, kale, and savoy cabbage
How does iron deficiency come about?
An iron deficiency can arise if you do not eat enough iron-containing foods. The following applies: women generally have a higher need than men because they lose iron through menstrual blood. The need can also increase during pregnancy .
Elderly people, competitive athletes, and people with chronic gastrointestinal diseases are also at-risk groups. If you belong to one of the risk groups, it may be worthwhile to test your iron supply.
What are the symptoms of an iron deficiency?
Long-term iron deficiency can lead to anemia which is when your blood cannot supply your cells and organs with sufficient oxygen. The anemia is shown by paleness, tiredness, dizziness, and a feeling of weakness.
Other symptoms such as brittle nails, cracked corners of the mouth, hair loss and headaches are also possible.
What do I do if I have an iron deficiency?
If you have found yourself suffering from iron deficiency, it makes sense to find out the causes and determine whether there is a disease behind the deficiency that should be treated.
If the deficiency is due to an increased requirement or insufficient iron intake, then the therapy is relatively simple: change your diet and take iron supplements.
Can the body have too much iron?
Yes. It is possible to have too much iron in your body. In most cases, this is due to hemochromatosis, an iron storage disease. The body stores too much iron due to a genetic defect. Other rare causes include liver disease and blood transfusions.
The most noticeable symptom of excess iron is a bronze coloration of the skin. In the long run, the excess can increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias, type 2 diabetes, and impotence.
Who is the test not suitable for?
The iron deficiency test is unsuitable or only partially suitable for certain groups of people:
- People with infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV are not allowed to do the iron deficiency test.
- People with hemophilia should not do the blood test.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only perform the iron deficiency test under medical supervision. The reference values and recommendations do not apply to you either, so you should obtain recommendations on the test results from your doctor or therapist.
- The iron deficiency test is not suitable for children under 18 years of age.
The test is not intended to examine serious illnesses. For example, if you have severe depression or extreme pain, contact a doctor.