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Iron Deficiency Explained

It’s natural to feel under the weather now and again, but as our lives get busier and more fast-paced, it can sometimes be easy to miss the important signs and symptoms you have when your body is trying to tell you something isn’t quite right. 

Iron deficiency/anaemia is due to a lack of iron and it is the most common mineral deficiency worldwide. Iron is an essential mineral that the body needs for growth and development. A lack of iron means your body will not be able to produce enough of a substance called haemoglobin, which you need in order to carry oxygen around the body. 

Because anaemia affects the blood cells’ abilities to carry oxygen to the heart, the body is lacking enough oxygen to function properly, which can cause a wide and quite diverse range of symptoms. 

The most common symptoms are: 

  • Tiredness. This can range from just feeling slightly sluggish to full-blown flu-style exhaustion. Even climbing the stairs becomes difficult
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Pale or off-colour skin
  • Cold hands and/or feet due to bad circulation

However, there are also other symptoms that can be caused by low iron levels: 

  • Chest pain
  • Hair loss or change in hair condition
  • Restless legs syndrome: this feels like a strange tingling sensation within your legs, usually when lying down
  • Plus many more

Getting enough iron in your body is the only way to treat iron-deficiency anaemia and iron deficiency, and this can be done in a few ways, depending on the severity of the condition. Blood tests are taken to determine the iron levels in the blood and overall blood count. 

Our Iron Clinic doctors will look after you from beginning to end on your journey to treat your iron deficiency. With plenty of experience helping patients with their anaemia, feel rest assured that you are in safe hands. From checking your blood test results to ensure that you are a candidate for iron deficiency, to keeping you safe during the treatment and monitoring the success of the treatment after, our doctors are here for you every step of the way.

Call us on 0207 838 6180 or email us at [email protected] to book your appointment.

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