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Anaemia, iron deficiency

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Introduction
Iron deficiency anaemia is a condition where a lack of iron in the body leads to a reduction in the number of red blood cells.
Symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia
Many people with iron deficiency anaemia will only have a few signs or symptoms.
Causes of iron deficiency anaemia
Iron deficiency anaemia occurs when the body does not have enough iron, leading to the decreased production of red blood cells.
Diagnosing iron deficiency anaemia
If you experience symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia, see your GP. A simple blood test can usually confirm the diagnosis.
Treating iron deficiency anaemia
Treatment for iron deficiency anaemia usually involves taking iron supplements and changing your diet to increase your iron levels, as well as treating the underlying cause.
Complications of iron deficiency anaemia
Iron deficiency anaemia rarely causes serious or long-term complications, although some people with the condition find it affects their daily life.