Ferritin is a protein that stores iron in the body, releasing it in a controlled way when needed. It’s a crucial indicator of the total iron stores in the body. Ferritin levels are often measured to assess iron deficiency or iron overload.

Elevated levels can indicate conditions such as haemochromatosis (iron overload), liver disease, chronic inflammation, infection, or certain types of cancer.

Low levels are commonly associated with iron deficiency anaemia, indicating depleted iron stores. This can be due to insufficient dietary intake, increased iron requirements, chronic blood loss, or problems with iron absorption.


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