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Prevalence of anaemia and iron deficiency in Portugal: the EMPIRE Study

06.04.16 |
Iron Deficiency Blog

 

According to the recently published EMPIRE study, anaemia and iron deficiency are highly prevalent in Portugal and remain largely undiagnosed.

The study revealed that  1 in every 5 Portuguese adults  has anaemia, being the  84% of them unaware that they suffer from this  condition. In  52.7% of the cases, iron deficiency is the cause of anaemia. This was particularly noted  In pregnant women, who are facing a truly serious health problem, with prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia above  40%.  Given these results, it became manifest  that  iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia were high above than what  would  be expected for a southern European country.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the Portuguese Health Authorities updated their policies and guidelines for the management of anaemia and iron deficiency anaemia. These now aim  for a new approach how  to handle this condition, putting a particular emphasis on its correct diagnosis and treatment.

Source: Fonseca C et al Prevalence of anaemia and iron deficiency in Portugal: the EMPIRE Study. Intern Med J. 2016 Feb 3. doi: 10.1111/imj.13020. [Epub ahead of print]