Ferritin ranges need overhaul: study

Ferritin reference ranges need to be overhauled to prevent over-diagnosis and treatment of iron overload, experts say.

A WA study has shown ferritin levels in Caucasian adults rose significantly from 1995 to 2005, with age-adjusted levels increasing 21% in men and 10% in women over this period.

More than 30% of men had ferritin levels above the commonly used 300µg/L cut-off, according to the research, based on data from the Busselton Population Survey, one of the world’s longest