To diagnose Iron Deficiency Anemia, your doctor may run tests to look for:
- Red blood cell size and color:
With iron deficiency anemia, red Blood cells are smaller and paler in color than normal.
This is the percentage of your blood volume made up by Red Blood Cells. Normal levels are generally between 34.9 and 44.5 percent for adult women and 38.8 to 50 percent for adult men. These values may change depending on your age.
Lower than normal hemoglobin levels indicate anemia. The normal hemoglobin range is generally defined as 13.5 to 17.5 grams (g) of hemoglobin per deciliter (dL) of blood for men and 12.0 to 15.5 g/dL for women. The normal ranges for children vary depending on the child’s age and sex.
This protein helps store iron in your body, and a low level of ferritin usually indicates a low level of stored iron.