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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Climbing Ferritin Levels
My ferritin was first tested 2 years ago and it was over 600. Last year it was over 700. This year its over 800. All other iron levels are normal. I do have arthritic inflammation in my body but this seems too high for that and regardless of the cause, the high ferritin levels can`t be good for my body. Is there something that I should be doing because my Dr. obviously doesn`t seem concerned by just checking it and watching it go up every year. Am I over reacting?
Certainly inflammation can cause the problem, but if you are still concerned about hemochromatosis, there is actually a genetic assay now that can be done. Please check with your doctor regarding this new test.
Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University