Verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Verification sent. Please check your inbox to verify your address.

Unable to send verification. Please try again later.

  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is it dangerous to have low iron levels?

    Related Topics
    I recently had my iron levels tested as follow up and was told my ferretin level had dropped to 6 and something else was 5 I want to know is this low and if so is it dangerous. I experience no symptoms of low iron and will not go back on iron tablets. I also do not eat anything green or alot of red meat
  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • 2


    My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease … View Profile

    Ferritin is a blood protein which stores iron. 

    Its normal range is about 18-270 ng/mL in men and 18-160 ng/mL for women.

    The results of your test ("6") sound very low to me.

    I suggest that you go back to your doctor and discuss this with him/her. There are many possible reasons for a low ferritin level - these are summarised here;

    That information could help when you talk with your doctor.

answer this question

You must be a Health Professional to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

You may also like these related questions

Ask a health question

Empowering Australians to make better health choices