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What's the Difference Between Being Anaemic and Being Iron Deficient?

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We hear things everyday about anaemia and iron deficiency, but what are they really? Are they the same?

Anaemia is caused by a lack of Haemoglobin in the blood, and iron deficiency is a lack of iron. You can have iron deficiency anaemia, which is a very common anaemic condition found in many people around the world.

You can have anaemia without iron deficiency, as it can be caused by other complications, such as blood loss or certain infections. You can also have severe iron deficiency without reaching the point of being anaemic until your Haemoglobin levels start to drop. The symptoms associated with both anaemia and iron deficiency are quite similar.

Symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia can include:

  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Weakness.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Headache or dizziness.
  • Pale looking skin.
  • Cold hands and feet.
  • Poor appetite.

There are certain people who are at high risk of iron deficiency anaemia, such as:

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

If iron deficiency anaemia is not treated in time, it can become quite severe and lead to many other health complications, such as:

  • Heart problems – Your heart needs to pump more blood to maintain the correct levels of oxygen in the blood when you’re anaemic, which can lead to an enlarged heart or heart failure.
  • Problems during pregnancy – Iron deficiency anaemia can lead to premature births and low birth weight in babies.
  • Growth problems – Iron deficiency in children and infants can lead to growth delays as well as developmental delays.

One of the methods of treating iron deficiency anaemia is through iron infusion treatment. Many clinics offer iron infusion treatment in Mt. Gravatt and other cities around Australia. You can easily check for details regarding this with your local GP or clinic.

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