Identifying and Treating Iron Deficiency
Iron is required for good mental and physical health, to maintain energy levels and to ensure a healthy immune system. Without sufficient iron, patients may feel exhausted, lethargic and apathetic, and can exhibit a range of other symptoms which highlight the various systemic effects of low iron levels. Measuring iron levels within the blood can confirm whether or not a patient is iron deficient. If necessary, patients’ iron levels can be increased with an iron-rich diet, and/or supplemental iron in the form of oral iron tablets or intravenous iron.