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Iron Deficiency Test for Men - Check your Ferritin levels - Verisana Lab

Iron Deficiency Test for Men

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Approximately 25% of the global population is believed to experience iron deficiency, which can rapidly progress and lead to severe repercussions.

Our Iron Deficiency Test for Men offers a convenient and simple way to assess your Ferritin levels, using a sample collected in the comfort of your own home.

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  • Symptoms
  • Sample collection guide
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Who should take the test?

Our Iron Deficiency Test for Men is designed for those who value their overall health and seek to actively monitor their iron status by tracking their Ferritin levels proactively..

The test is particularly recommended for individuals with specific dietary or lifestyle factors that can impact their iron levels. People with intestinal problems, vegetarians/vegans, and athletes can benefit from this proactive monitoring to ensure they maintain healthy iron levels in line with their unique circumstances.

How does it work?

Once your order has been processed, you will be sent a blood sample collection kit. You collect your sample from the comfort of your own home and send it right back to our CLIA-certified partner laboratory. We analyze your sample and inform you that your results have been uploaded to your confidential account on our secure website.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

Following the completion of the analysis, you will receive a lab report that includes explanations for the analyzed markers and details on potential symptoms linked to imbalances. Additionally, we strongly advise that you discuss the results you receive from us with your healthcare provider or practitioner.

Moreover, additional information can be found on our website, particularly within various test categories, “health conditions,” and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us by sending an email to

How is my privacy protected?

Samples for our tests are collected in the privacy of your own home. Both we and our partner laboratories (which may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously.

You will be the sole person with access to this information, and we guarantee that we will not disclose your information to any unauthorized third parties. Additionally, all samples will be disposed of after analysis. Both our Verisana portal for registering kits and receiving results as well as our CLIA-certified partner laboratories are fully HIPAA-compliant.

Test measures
For the Iron Deficiency Test for Men we analyze:
  • Ferritin

The human body stores iron, typically three to five grams, encased within cells by ferritin to prevent toxicity. Monitoring ferritin levels is vital, especially for men, as low levels indicate iron deficiency requiring dietary iron supplementation.

Good dietary sources include liver, oatmeal, wheat bran, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, legumes, quinoa, and pistachios. Iron deficiency manifests subtly, progressing to fatigue, heart palpitations, physical decline, pale skin, brittle nails, and cravings.

Conversely, significantly elevated ferritin levels in men may indicate iron overload, linked to genetic disorders like hemochromatosis, affecting 0.17% of men. Over time, untreated hemochromatosis can lead to joint pain, fatigue, weakness, and reduced libido, with potential for irreversible damage like liver cirrhosis, diabetes, heart failure, arthritis, and impotence.

In cases of elevated ferritin levels, investigating underlying causes, such as iron storage disorders, is advisable for proper management and health.

Symptoms the Iron Deficiency Test for Men is suitable for:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle nails
  • Pale skin
  • Torn corners of the mouth
Sample collection guide

Please read the following instructions in detail before starting with the sample collection.

Please download the instructions here


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What is the exact role of Ferritin in men's health?

Ferritin is a crucial biomarker in men's health, indicating iron storage levels in the body. Its role extends to essential functions such as oxygen transport, immune support, cognitive function, muscle performance, metabolism, and overall well-being. Maintaining optimal ferritin levels is vital for men to ensure proper iron balance and prevent related health issues.

What are the symptoms of too much iron in men?

Excessive iron in men, known as iron overload or hemochromatosis, can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, abdominal discomfort, muscle weakness, skin changes, heart and liver problems, impotence, diabetes, and mood swings. However, these symptoms can vary between individuals.

Which men are at increased risk for iron deficiency?

Men at an increased risk for iron deficiency include those with dietary restrictions, such as vegetarians or vegans, individuals with certain medical conditions that affect iron absorption, like celiac disease or gastrointestinal disorders, and men who engage in intense physical training, as they may have higher iron requirements due to increased red blood cell turnover. Additionally, blood donors, especially frequent ones, may also be at a higher risk of developing iron deficiency.

Can iron deficiency be related to exercise or athletic activities in men?

Yes, intense exercise and athletic activities can contribute to iron deficiency in men, often referred to as "sports anemia." Factors such as increased iron requirements, foot impact, gastrointestinal bleeding, dietary habits, sweat loss can deplete iron stores. Monitoring iron levels and adjusting the diet, as well as considering supplementation, are essential steps for athletes to prevent and address iron deficiency, which can impact performance and overall health.

I am not getting enough blood from my finger, what can I do?

In order to draw more blood from your finger, begin by warming your hand under running warm water for a few moments and gently rotate your arm to enhance blood circulation. When it's time to prick your finger, aim for the side of the finger rather than the tip. It's often easier to use the middle or ring finger of your non-dominant hand. To prevent any involuntary withdrawal during the piercing, place your finger firmly on a stable surface. Finally, apply a gentle squeeze and massage towards the fingertip to encourage blood flow.

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