According to the World Health Organisation, iron deficiency – a condition where your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron – is a global public health problem of “epidemic proportions”. This week Australian Prescriber published an update on the problem of iron deficiency in Australia.
Around 12-15% of women who are pregnant or of reproductive age and 8% of preschool children in Australia are estimated to have iron deficiency anaemia. Iron deficiency without clinical anaemia is even more widespread. Luckily, better dietary choices can be part of the solution. Here's what you need to know.