It’s time to get informed about iron

Fed up with feeling tired? Can’t keep up with your kids? Do people always say you look pale? You could have iron deficiency anaemia. A visit to your family GP is the first step towards arranging testing, working out the cause, and arranging appropriate treatments.

We now offers intravenous (IV) iron infusions to help patients with iron deficiency anaemia who in whom other management options are not appropriate.

Before asking your doctor whether such an approach is right for you, read up on iron deficiency anaemia and how it may be prevented.

Healthy iron levels are maintained by eating a good diet, full of iron-rich foods and high in vitamin C. Meat and seafood are good sources of dietary iron as are certain plants, so you can get enough iron regardless of your lifestyle. Vitamin C, commonly found in citrus fruits, and other acidic foods help the body process the iron in foods particularly the kind found in plants.

An information pack on dietary iron is available for download here.

If you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia dietary changes alone may not be enough to get you back to the lifestyle you want. Instead your GP and specialist may recommend alternatives such as oral supplements or an intravenous infusion. IV infusions used to be reserved for hospitals treatment, but safer forms on iron injections allow it to be used in general practice. These deliver iron straight to the blood and may be recommended by your doctor when rapid results are needed, or after failure or intolerance of oral supplements.

If you’re worried about your iron intake or feel that your current iron management strategy isn’t working for you, book an appointment now at Reydon Street Medical Centre.

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