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Serum Iron Test

Serum Iron Test

The main aim of the iron-serum test is to examine the iron present in the blood. Iron is a significant component of the blood. It is the iron that carries the oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. Excess of iron or deficiency of it will have unhealthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells practices.

Doctors order for an iron serum test if there is an abnormal result in the CBC test showing decreased haemoglobin and hematocrit levels. Doctors may also prescribe for the test if the patient complains of fatigue, dizziness, weakness, headaches, pallor, shortness of breath, chest pain; leg pains the reason of which could be the deficiency of iron. Children are often seen eating chalk, clay, dirt or liquorice; this indicates that iron is deficient.

The test is a blood sample test. There is no much preparation needed as such. However, the patient may be asked to fast at least 12 hours before the test. Water can be permissible but not food. Besides, it is essential for the doctor to know if there has been any recent consumption of iron-rich food or medicines. It is also advisable that consumption of alcohol, drugs containing estrogen may show adverse effects on the result. Similarly, stress and appropriate sleep can show low levels of iron in the body.

The test enables the doctors to know more about-

  • Iron deficiency present in a patient.
  • Diagnosis of Hemochromatosis.
  • To monitor a patient with chronic illness.
  • Aids in treatment for Hemolytic Anemia, Sideroblastic Anemia.
  • To check if there has been a case of iron poisoning.

The blood sample collection method is known as venipuncture. The following procedure is followed-

  • A phlebotomist ties the belt on the upper portion of the arm. This helps to get the sight of the vein brighter and more abundant.
  • The vein area is then cleaned with an alcohol pad.
  • A new needle is unwrapped in front of the patient.
  • The needle is attached to a pre-labelled patient's name tube.
  • When the needle is injected into the vein, the blood is collected in the tube.
  • The belt is loosened.
  • The collected blood is sent to the laboratory for examination.

Serum (preferred) or plasma (lithium heparin only). EDTA plasma causes decreased results.
1 mL
Gel-barrier tube, transport tube, or green-top (heparin) tube; do not use EDTA or oxalate anticoagulants..
Type Gender Age-Group Value
Serum Iron
All age groups
65 - 176 microgram/dl
Serum Iron
All age groups
50 - 170 microgram/dl
Average price range of the test is between Rs.85 to Rs.800 depending on the factors of city, quality and availablity.

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What is Serum Iron Test?
Preparation for Serum Iron Test
Uses of Serum Iron Test
Procedure for Serum Iron Test
Specimen Requirements
Normal values for Serum Iron Test
Price for Serum Iron Test
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How Supplements Are Beneficial To Improve Your Sexual Life?

Supplements are just a way to add vital nutrients in your daily nutritional intake, but are not the only solution. First of all, it is important to note that your sex life does not depend on supplements. Various other factors can both positively and negatively affect your sex life. Exercise, weight and medications you take can have both adverse and positive effects. Try to improve your sex life by altering these aspects before you use supplements. Nevertheless, here are some supplements which may be beneficial for your sex life.

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Anemia has three main causes: blood loss, lack of red blood cell production, and high rates of red blood cell destruction.

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Ghee has lost its glory. In-spite of being a saturated fat, ghee has shown to reduce both serum and intestinal cholesterol by triggering secretion of billiard lipids.
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3. It has that anti ageing and anti wrinkle effect that even the costliest of cosmetic product can’t have
4. Since ancient times, ayurveda considers ghee to promote learning and memory retention
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10 Foods Increase Low Platelet Count - Add In Your Diet Now

low platelet count is also known as thrombocytopenia. The human blood is essentially composed of four components namely erythrocytes (red blood cells), leukocytes (white blood cells), thrombocytes (blood platelets), and plasma.

10 Foods Items Improves Low platelet Count

Here we create a list of food items that helps in the lower platelet count problem. These fruits items, dairy products, protein items, vitamins, and minerals help in increasing platelet count.

1. Anar (Pomegranate): It is rich in iron and also contains vitamins. This fruit help to combat increasing platelet reduction with regular consumption & vitamins to keep your energy levels steady.

2. Milk: It has high calcium which helps to regenerate the platelet. Calcium content with vitamin K and milk protein “Fibrinogen” increases the Platelet count and improves the blood's ability to form the clot. Calcium Deficiency can lead to your body much longer time in forming a clot .

3. Folate Rich Food: Folate or B9 is essential for healthy cell division in the body. A severe deficiency of folate in the body can result in a reduction in Blood Platelet. Daily intake of Folate is 400 mg is required. When the platelet count is low it’s consumption increases the platelet count. Food rich in Folate is Asparagus, Orange juice, Spinach, and fortified cereals.

4. Lean Proteins: Lean protein food is an excellent source of Zinc and Vitamin 12 which are essential to reverse the effects of thrombocytopenia. In case of reduced platelet count take food like soybean, spinach (Palak), black beans, cow’s milk, white of egg, Oatmeal, Fish, and white meat chicken.  This protein item helps increase platelet count

5. Papaya: Extract of the leaf of papaya is excellent for overall blood production and increases the platelet count (Prepare an extract of leaves by boiling leaves in medium heat for 15 minutes with water and wait till the water comes down to half ). Take leaf extract 2tsf twice daily.

6. Cod Liver Oil and Flax Seed Oil: These oils strengthen the Immune system many autoimmune disorders are cause of thrombocytopenia or low platelet count. These oils reduce the inflammation of the body and improve blood circulation throughout the body.

7. Vitamin A Rich Food: Vitamin A is essential for healthy platelet production, it also plays a role in the formation of Protein in the body which helps in the process of cell division and growth. Carrot, Pumpkin, Kale, and Sweet Potatoes (Sakarkandi).

8. Chlorophyll from Wheat grass: Wheatgrass juice contains 70% of chlorophyll (The Plant Haemoglobin) have a strong effect in overall blood production and increases the platelet count. Take ½ cup per day.

9. Vitamin K Rich Food: Vitamin K keeps cell growth at an optimum level in the body. Life of platelets is only 10 days which is to be compensated continually to maintain the lost amount in the body, hence high-calorie food for ideal production of blood platelets and vitamin K is one of the ingredients available in Eggs, Green leafy vegetables, Kale, Frozen Spinach, Mustard Greens Broccoli & Liver.

10. Macrobiotic Diet: To combat Thrombocytopenia in patients a vital anti-inflammatory diet is recommended by Platelet Disorder Association which helps in optimum blood production e.g. Whole grains, vegetables, and organic beans is recommended while animal protein is to be avoided except Fish Yogurt & cheese.

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