Hi everyone. I’m a newbie here, diagnosed a few days ago with B12 deficiency and hypothyroidism. I’ve learned so much since – and have a lot more to learn – about each condition, and want to thank every single person who has taken the time to share their experiences and knowledge, which have helped me begin to understand these conditions.
One of the first things I learned was to ask for a print-out of my blood test results. I’m quite confused about the iron levels and would be grateful for any guidance. Basically, my transferrin saturation index is high, though my ferritin levels are (I think) lower than optimal. Should I be worried about haemochromotosis, which I understand can be linked to hypothyroidism, or is this a known pattern to do with untreated B12 and/or hypothyroidism?
I’m female, 49 years old and still menstruating regularly. I wasn’t on any sort of supplements when these bloods were taken, though I was just recovering from an inner ear infection which might have skewed some results. I’d be very grateful for any insight.
Transferrin saturation index: 46% (range 16.00-50.00%)
Serum transferrin: 2.18 (range 1.80-3.60)
Serum iron level: 22.1 (range 11.00-30.00)
Serum ferritin: 40.8 (range 10.00-200.00)
In case it's directly relevant, my B12 level is 158.