Iron is needed by cells in your body to function properly. Most importantly, it forms part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen around the body.
Iron is required for production of red blood cells, a healthy immune system, good mental health, muscle function and energy production.
Iron deficiency occurs when iron stores are used up and not replenished. If prolonged, it can lead to iron deficiency anaemia.
How common is it?
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide. It is far more common in developing countries than in developed countries.
It is more common in infants given cow’s milk instead of breast or iron fortified formula milk, young children, women with heavy periods, pregnant women, recent migrants, and people with dietary restrictions.
What causes it?
The causes of iron deficiency are:
What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?
Iron deficiency usually does not present with symptoms until anaemia develops. Some signs include:
How to diagnose iron deficiency?
Iron deficiency can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.
What are the types of treatment available?
How can I get an iron infusion?
As iron can cause overload and toxicity if given to individuals who do not require supplementation, it is a requirement to see a doctor for a consultation first.
During the initial consultation, the doctor will go through the following:
What does the procedure involve?
If the patient is eligible, the patient will be booked for an hour long appointment at the clinic. The full costs of the procedure will be collected at the time of booking and a medicare rebate provided on the day of the procedure. If the procedure is cancelled with less than 24hrs notice, there will be no refunds provided.
Cost of iron infusion?
The cost for an iron infusions is $140 which is payable upon booking , you will be eligible for a rebate of $72.80 from Medicare.
The doctor will provide you with a script for Ferinject, prices are $6.40 with a concession card and $39.50 without a concession card.
Gastroenterological Society of Australia http://www.gesa.org.au/resources/patients/iron-deficiency/
Written by Vicki Ma (Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian) What you eat during pregnancy affects your developing baby.
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