How informed are people about iron deficiency? In the UK, 45% of people say they don’t know enough about iron deficiency. In fact, 40% say they don’t know what their own iron levels are.
As a Healthcare Professional, you will meet many patients with symptoms of low iron. These might include tiredness, cold hands and feet, pale skin, brittle nails, frequent infections, and a general feeling of weakness (mayoclinic.org). You will also know that compliance with iron products is poor due to the potential side effects.
Active Iron peer-reviewed research which is soon to be published in Acta Haematologica.
Main finding of the research is as follows:
- Active Iron is better tolerated by gut cells than Ferrous Sulfate.
- Active iron is better absorbed than Ferrous Sulfate by all measures
- The main benefit of Active Iron is in people with lower haemoglobin and iron stores.
enough iron in food.
Cannot absorb iron
well in your body.
1 in 3
Women need twice as much daily iron as men and up to 1 in 3 women need more iron in their diets.*
Sinclair LM, Hinton PS. Prevalence of iron deficiency with and without anemia in recreationally active men and women. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005;105(6):975-83.
of people taking iron products report side effects, especially stomach pain, heartburn, constipation
Pereira D. et al. A rapid, simple questionnaire to assess gastrointestinal symptoms after oral ferrous sulphate supplementation. BMC Gastroenterology 2014, 14:103.
stop taking oral iron, putting them at high risk of health problems
Survey of n= 1138 women in UK and Ireland and Gereklioglu C, Asma S, Korur A, Erdogan F, Kut A. Medication adherence to oral iron therapy in patients with iron deficiency anemia. Pak J Med Sci. 2016;32(3):604-607