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Iron

Iron is the most important mineral in your body. Don’t leave your health to chance. Get tested. Take control of your health.

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STATISTICS

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Children aged six months to five years of age are at higher risk of developing iron-deficiency anaemia.

2 in 3

Preschool children in Nigeria are at risk of iron deficiency anaemia.

1 in 3

Anaemia affects 1 in 3 people worldwide, and half of the cases are due to iron deficiency. 

 

Iron is a mineral the body needs for growth and development.

Your body uses iron to make haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to all body parts, and myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles.

 

 

Symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia may include

  • Lack of energy or tiring easily (fatigue)
  • Paleness or lack of colour of the skin
  • Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Sore or swollen tongue
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms of iron excess states may include

  • Joint pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Inadequate iron intake
  • Pregnancy 
  • Rapid growth during childhood or adolescence
  • Blood loss due to menstruation
  • Acute or chronic blood loss (including from the gastrointestinal tract)
  • Frequent blood donation
  • Diseases of the intestines

These groups of people may have an increased risk of iron deficiency anaemia:

  • Women
  • Infants and children
  • Vegetarians
  • Frequent blood donors

You should take the test if

  • You have symptoms suggestive of iron deficiency
  • You have symptoms suggestive of iron excess
  • You are vegetarian
  • You frequently donate blood
  • You are suffering from fatigue, low energy or low mood

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is iron important?

Iron is essential to life. It contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It plays an important role in normal energy metabolism, oxygen transport, cognitive function, immune function and formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin.

What foods are rich in iron?

  • Red meat
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Dark green, leafy vegetables
  • Dried fruits
  • Cereals, bread, and pasta

 

What can happen if iron-deficiency anaemia is not treated?

If left untreated, iron-deficiency anaemia can cause serious health problems. Having too little oxygen in the body can damage organs. With anaemia, the heart must work harder to make up for the lack of red blood cells or haemoglobin. This extra work can harm the heart.

Iron deficiency anaemia can also cause problems during pregnancy.

 

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