Ferritin deficiency is a deficiency of the ferritin protein, which allows the iron mineral storage in the body. It is seen when there is iron deficiency.
What is Ferritin?
Ferritin is a protein that provides storage of the iron mineral and releases iron into the body when necessary. If there is a lack of iron in the body, it is decided by looking at Ferritin's values. If ferritin deficiency is observed, it means that there is iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is also colloquially known as anemia. For some reason, the level of Ferritin may decrease or increase. It is possible to understand this with blood tests.
What Are The Causes Of Ferritin Deficiency?
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Iron deficiency
- Excessive smoking
- Blood loss
- Chronic diseases
- Not consuming foods containing iron minerals
- Disorders in iron absorption or storage
- Diseases of the digestive system
- Celiac disease
- Alcohol use
- Excessive tea and coffee consumption
- Vitamin C deficiency
What Are The Symptoms Of Ferritin Deficiency?
- Low energy
- Hair loss
- Chronic headaches
- Leg pain
- Psychiatric problems such as anxiety and depression
- Skin discoloration
- Cause unknown weakness
- Quick fatigue
- State of aggressiveness
- Sensitivity and fracture of nails
- Cause unknown fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Dry skin
It is one of the symptoms of ferritin deficiency. A specialist should be consulted when these symptoms are observed.
How Is Ferritin Deficiency Treated?
As a result of a blood test, ferritin deficiency is diagnosed when it is found that it is below Ferritin's values. Symptoms can be annoying, and treatment can be applied to achieve their average values. Iron pills, blood-forming syrups, and vitamin supplements can eliminate the deficiency of Ferritin. In this case, it is recommended that the patient pay attention to his diet and consume foods containing iron mineral. If the patient has a disease or bleeding that causes blood loss, it is expected that ferritin values will reach an average level with treatment in them. If Ferritin's lack is too advanced, the patient may be considered to have a blood transfusion.
What should be done to eliminate and prevent ferritin deficiency?
- Iron-making foods should be consumed; especially red meat consumption should be increased.
- Tea and coffee should not be consumed immediately after meals. It is OK to consume at least two hours after meals.
- Diet should not be applied without massive and doctor control.
- Dietary supplements should be taken if a Vegan or vegetarian diet is applied.
- Foods containing vitamin C should be consumed.
- Excessive menstrual bleeding should be treated.
Smoking and alcohol should not be used.