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Low levels of iron among young Australian women is on the rise

Low levels of iron among young Australian women is on the rise

Iron levels are dropping dangerously low among young Australian women and can result in the development of further health concerns.

Iron deficiency is a common nutritional deficiency affecting an increasing number of Australians. It is estimated that 1.1 million Australians are iron deficient (1). Iron is essential for the development of red cells which play a crucial role in delivering oxygen to the tissues of the body. The increase in reported iron deficiencies could mean looming health issues for many Australians, given the established link between iron deficiency and lowered immunity.

Here at Clinical Labs, we offer Iron Studies as part of our Employee Health Screening Programs. Through the use of Employee Health Screens, employers can assist in identifying any deficiencies that could impact the health of their employees.

Reduction in the body stores of iron leads to the development of iron deficiency and/or anaemia, resulting in reduced energy levels, work performance and productivity. Young women between 18 to 30 years of age are most commonly affected by a lack of iron and anaemia, with menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and even emerging diet trends all working as contributing factors. Common symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, dizziness and headaches, breathing difficulties, pale or yellow skin, and cold feet and hands. Identification and appropriate management of iron deficiency can lead to a dramatic improvement in energy levels and improved quality of life.

As part of your standard of care as an employer, Employee Health Screening Programs can assist in ensuring the health and protection of your organisation. To organise for your employees to be screened for Iron Deficiencies, and other medical issues that could be impacting their health and wellbeing, please contact our commercial department on 13 LABS (13 5227) or visit the Employee Health Screens page on our website.



1. Pasricha et al Diagnosis and management of iron deficiency anaemia; a clinical update MJA 2010 193: 525 -532