Evolving Health

Monthly Archives: February 2010

With estimates that one out of two white women in North America will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture sometime in their life, prevention of osteoporosis should be a major health objective for all women (and men). In addition, especially in post-menopausal women it is useful to predict the rate of bone loss and to further monitor how bone therapies are assisting over time. Biochemical markers for bone turnover have improved over the… Read More

Ferritin is the body’s major iron-storage protein and its levels in serum are parallel to iron stores. Normally, 1 ng/mL of serum ferritin is related to about 8 mg  of iron in storage. It rises somewhat in males and post-menopausal females. Any rise or decrease in levels of serum ferritin indicates available iron stores in the body.  As a diagnostic tool, serum ferritin is the most sensitive test of iron-deficiency anemia in a… Read More