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Iron deficiency: 4 answers to know

What are the symptoms? Insufficient iron in your body can leave you feeling tired, breathless and with difficulty concentrating. You may look pale and experience headaches, frequent infections or general irritability. Iron is needed in the body to make haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells and myoglobin in muscle cells, to transport oxygen to your tissues. Who is at risk? Women are more at risk than men of iron deficiency, as are vegetarians, vegans, teenagers and athletes. Surprisingly, an estimated 1 in 4 children under 3 years have low iron levels in NZ which, left untreated, can lead to growth problems, learning and behavioural difficulties. Most at risk in this group are children born prematurely or with a low...

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Improve your energy levels

Do you ever complain about being tired? Many people do.A number of medical conditions can make you feel tired including iron deficiencies, low thyroid function, diabetes, depression, coeliac disease, sleep apnoea, among others so check in with your doctor first if you are feeling tired. Many people will still feel sluggish without any underlying condition. Even if you are suffering from one of these conditions, treating lifestyle factors such as poor diet, poor sleep, stress and emotional factors can improve your energy levels.

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