Ranges for ferritin levels in males and females.
I want to ask about ranges for ferritin levels in males and females. Lab Corp sets a range of 30-400 for men and 15-150 for women. Morley, you say 20 or 30-50 is Optimal. But why is there such a difference in the high range level from 400 in men and 150 in women? As you are aware, my 352 level is high but within range per LabCorp, but way over optimal and I get it and am working on it. My wife did the test as well and her ferritin level was 179 and high as above the female range of 15-150. The question is in females, do you set a lower optimal range for females than males?
And on another note, I just finished reading Dumping Iron by P D Mangan, very good at putting in layman’s terms what many of us are dealing with. Today I started the book The Iron Elephant by Roberta Crawford. I am 20 % thru is, but very informative and more detailed even though it is 20+ years older than Dumping iron. One thing I want to make very clear here. This Iron Overload is much more serious than I thought, especially if your ferritin is very high. This is not something to play with. When you said it was at the root of most D-isease, this book by Crawford really confirms how serious this issue can be. And it doesn’t matter your age. I highly recommend these books to get a better picture of what this iron overload really means for your life. Don’t think of iron overload as a minor inconvenience.