Iron Overload (Haemochromatosis) Blood Test


A test for a genetic disorder which causes the body to absorb too much iron.

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Iron Overload (Haemochromatosis) Blood Test

About this test

Haemochromatosis is an inherited disorder of excessive body accumulation of iron. It is common among the white population, affecting approximately 1:400 individuals of European ancestry.

Haemochromatosis patients are believed to absorb excessive amounts of iron from the diet. Since the human body has limited ways of eliminating the absorbed iron, the iron accumulates over time in the liver, bone marrow, pancreas, skin, and testicles. This accumulation of iron in these organs causes them to function poorly.

Patients with early haemochromatosis have no symptoms, and are unaware of their condition. The disease may then be discovered when elevated iron blood levels are noted by routine blood testing. In males, symptoms may not appear until 40-50 years of age. Iron deposits in the skin cause darkening of the skin. Since females lose iron through menstrual blood loss, they develop organ damage from iron accumulation 15- 20 years later than men on average.

See Haemochromatosis test.

Who is this test for?

This test is for people who have a family member who has been diagnosed with haemochromatosis or who are suffering from unexplained symptoms which are consistent with a diagnosis of iron overload disorder. Sometimes a blood biochemistry profile reveals a high iron content which requires further investigation.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included

Iron Status

This test measures how much iron is in your blood with the aim of identifying iron deficiency anaemia or iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis)

The symptoms of too much or too little iron can be similar - fatigue, muscle weakness, moodiness and difficulty concentrating.

A raised result can mean that you have iron overload syndrome, an inherited condition where your body stores too much iron, or that you are over-supplementing or that you have a liver condition.

A low result can mean that you are anaemic or are suffering from gastro-intestinal blood loss (or other blood loss). Anaemia is also very common in pregnant women.

Total iron binding capacity (TIBC) is a measure of the amount of iron that can be carried through the blood. 

A raised TIBC result usually indicates iron deficiency whereas low TIBC can occur with iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis).

Transferrin is made in the liver and is the major protein in the blood which binds to iron and transports it through the body.

Low transferrin saturation levels can indicate iron deficiency while high levels can indicate iron overload.

Ferritin is a protein which stores iron in your cells for your body to use later. Measuring ferritin levels gives us a good indication of the amount of iron stored in your body.

Low levels of ferritin can indicate anaemia which can be caused by excessive or chronic bleeding, poor absorption of iron or too little iron in the diet. 

Raised ferritin levels can indicate iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis) or any kind of liver damage. It is also a marker of infection and inflammation. 

Blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Iron Overload (Haemochromatosis) Blood Test blood sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Iron Overload (Haemochromatosis) Blood Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Iron Overload (Haemochromatosis) Blood Test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account

Once you have placed your order you can visit where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Iron Overload (Haemochromatosis) Blood Test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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