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What is Iron Profile?

Iron profiles are used to find and test for anemia. The iron profile is the best way to tell the difference between iron deficiency (not enough iron in your blood) anemia and other kinds of anemias. Those most at risk for iron deficiency anemia are babies, children, young teenagers, and pregnant women. The iron profile is also helpful in finding and treating iron overload (having too much iron in your blood). You may have iron overload because it runs in the family. Iron overload also may be caused by children taking iron medicine belonging to another person.

Other Names

Includes Total Iron; Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC); Unsaturated Iron-Binding Capacity (UIBC); and Transferrin Saturation.