This fasting blood test is used to measure Transferrin levels. Transferrin is the transport protein for iron. Blood levels are used to evaluate anemia, inflammation and nutritional status.

Research has demonstrated a significant correlation between the severity of dementia in Alzheimer’s disease and levels of both transferrin and ferritin. Elevated transferrin levels are found in iron deficiency, pregnancy, and in those taking birth control pills. Decreased levels are found in chronic inflammation, liver disease, kidney disease, cancer or when there are excessive amounts of iron in the body.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

It is best to be fasting for approximately 9-12 hours prior to lab collection (without food or liquids except water).

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.