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What does normal iron but high transferrin mean?

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  • Posted By: steve198329
  • December 24, 2008
  • 11:25 PM

I can't figure this out I got a blood test done and my iron levels and blood cell count came out normal but my transferrin levels are pretty high. Can anyone guess what this means?

My hematocrit, serum iron, TBIC, RBC count, and ferritin was normal. My transferritin was 430. I am a male and do not take hormones which can alter transferritin. I eat alot of meat though. Could this effect my results since there may be hormones in meat?

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  • http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/tibc/glance.htmlA high TIBC or transferrin usually indicates iron deficiency, but it is also increased in pregnancy and with use of oral contraceptives. A low TIBC or transferrin may occur if you have hemochromatosis, certain types of anemia in which iron accumulates, malnutrition, inflammation, liver disease, or nephrotic syndrome (a kidney disease that causes loss of protein in urine).
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