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  • Iron deficiency is when the stores of iron in your body are too low.
  • Common causes of iron deficiency in adults include not getting enough iron in your diet, chronic blood loss, pregnancy and vigorous exercise. 
  • Some people become iron deficient if they are unable to absorb iron.
  • Iron deficiency can be treated by adding iron-rich foods to the diet.
  • If you are vegetarian or vegan, make sure there is enough iron in your diet.
  • If you have iron deficiency anaemia, your GP (doctor) may recommend that you take iron supplements. 
  • Only take iron supplements under the guidance of your doctor. 

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Reviewed on: 05-02-2020