Iron Deficiency

Anaemia due to iron depletion is widely held in children and women of all ages but mainly in women who still have their periods (at least 20% suffer from iron deficiency). The main symptoms are paleness, feeling tired, headaches, faster heartbeat, or shortness of breath during exercise. They may appear gradually and could go unnoticed. Iron deficiency occurs when blood does not contain enough red blood cells and thus low levels of haemoglobin, which is the major protein involved in carrying oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues and transporting carbon dioxide from your organs and tissues back to your lungs. An important component of haemoglobin is iron. Depletion of iron, which can happen during pregnancy, growth, in case of insufficient iron intake, inadequate absorption or blood loss (period, abnormal bleedings, ulcers, etc.) has tremendous effects on health. Low ferritin may also indicate hypothyroidism, vitamin C deficiency or celiac disease. Low ferritin levels are seen in some patients with restless legs syndrome, not necessarily related to anaemia, but perhaps due to low iron stores short of anaemia.

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Aftercare 

If you have a positive test, it is highly likely that you are iron deficient. It is now important that you seek medical advice for further blood tests to establish how low the deficiency is and check for the root cause. Iron deficiency is very common with no serious root cause and can be easily treated. However, it is important to speak with a physician to ensure you can access the correct treatment based on how low your level is and to identify possible causes. 

If you have tested negative it is highly likely that your iron level is sufficient. If you continue to experience symptoms please contact your GP for further advice to determine possible cause of symptoms. 

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