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What means high iron saturation?

Discussion in 'General Symptoms' started by jason30, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Hi all,

    Yesterday I found out that I have a high iron saturation. My value is 51%. I have read that above 45% is high saturation.
    My doctor says it's perfect and nothing to worry about. But as always, I don't trust him.

    Does someone knows more about high iron saturation?
     
  2. Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards Senior Member

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    Reference ranges for males can go up to at least 50%.
     
  3. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Thanks Jonathan.
    That would make my value almost 'normal'. Though, I'm curious to know if a value of 51% could give some complaints. Because when I google the symptoms then I have some similarities:

    It's probably hard to define if the high iron saturation contributes to my complaints or not. I'll guess I have to try to lower the iron saturation (if possible) and see if that makes any difference.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. greeneagledown

    greeneagledown Senior Member

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    You might want to talk to a doctor about possibly getting your ferritin level tested if you haven't already. That may be another important piece of the puzzle.
     
  5. greeneagledown

    greeneagledown Senior Member

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    @Jonathan Edwards -- My understanding is that if someone has hemochromatosis, both their iron saturation AND their ferritin would be abnormally high. Is that accurate?
     
  6. RYO

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    Yes, both iron saturation and ferritin (total body iron stores) are elevated. There is a genetic test for hemochromatosis. Above mentioned complications usually occur after years of iron overload. Most doctors uncover disease during workup of abnormal liver enzymes or hypogonadism.
     
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    alex3619 Senior Member

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    This is usually, but not always, correct.
     
  8. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Thanks everyone, next week I have an appointment with the doc to ask for a research of the ferritin level.
    I'll will post an update once I get the results.
     
  9. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Hi everyone, the blood result of the ferritin level is: 120 ug/L (range: 0 - 250).
    My doc says it's perfect.
     
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