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Do You Have an Iron Deficiency?

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Iron Deficiency

What causes Iron Deficiency

Feeling tired all the time is a common complaint, often being excused by the busy lives we lead. But there may be another reason for feeling persistently tired. Iron deficiency is a common cause of tiredness and is particularly common in women with the 3 main causes of Iron Deficiency being:

  1.  Not eating enough iron rich foods
  2.  Trouble absorbing iron
  3.  Blood loss

Why Do We Need Iron

Iron is used to make healthy red blood cells which are responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. The body cannot produce iron which means it must come from the foods we eat or from supplements. If the body’s iron stores become depleted its ability to produce enough healthy red blood cells suffers which may result in iron deficiency and/or anaemia.

Symptoms of low iron may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and mental fogginess
  • Irritability
  • Reduced exercise tolerance.

Diagnosing and Treating Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency can be diagnosed with a simple blood test and if you are found to be iron deficient, oral supplements may be an appropriate way to replenish your iron stores. However, many people do not tolerate oral iron due to constipation or tummy upset and in some cases, your doctor may recommend an intravenous iron infusion.

Iron Infusions – Your regular GP or at Our Location

If your Doctor has recommended an Iron Infusion and this service is not available at your regular practice, it can be performed at our location during the daytime through Third Avenue Surgery. It would be carried out under nursing supervision and will take approximately 45 minutes. An iron infusion results in immediate correction and you should feel the benefits soon after the procedure.

If you are concerned that you might be iron deficient and you don’t have a regular GP, please contact GP After Hours Mount Lawley on 93704200 or Book an Appointment online to discuss this with one of our experienced Doctors.

You can find some additional information and related links from Health Direct.