Iron is an essential mineral for our bodies and when iron levels are too low it can cause anaemia. Read about how low levels of iron can lead to health problems.
What causes iron deficiency?
The three main causes of iron deficiency are not eating enough iron-rich foods, trouble with absorbing iron and blood loss. Find out more by reading our trusted partner content.
Iron deficiency treatments
Treatment of an iron deficiency depends on its cause, but will often involve bringing iron levels back to normal levels by eating differently, supplements or transfusions.
Haemochromatosis causes the body to absorb too much iron, leading to organ damage. Blood tests will diagnose it, and treatments are available.
Anaemia is a lack of red blood cells. These cells are important because they carry oxygen from the lungs around the body. Learn here why it's important to find and treat the cause of the anaemia.
Vegetarian and vegan diets
It's easy to be healthy on a vegetarian diet if you include plant-based foods from the 5 food groups. But a vegan diet requires extra care.
Red blood cells
Red blood cells carry oxygen around your body and transport carbon dioxide to the lungs. Learn about related health problems and how a healthy diet can help produce red blood cells.
Iron studies are blood tests that look at how much iron is in your blood and other cells. Too little or too much iron can cause problems.
Foods high in iron
The best source of iron is animal-based foods like meat and eggs (called 'haem iron'), but many plant-based foods are also rich in (non-haem) iron.
Iron deficiency symptoms
People who have an iron deficiency can often feel tired, dizzy or short of breath. Find out more about common iron deficiency symptoms by reading our trusted partner pages.