Many women aren’t aware they have a problem until they’re tested or try to donate blood, but there may also be symptoms such as getting tired easily, feeling short of breath, palpitations and looking pale.
Women are more at risk of anaemia than men because they lose blood every month during their periods. If you have heavy periods, you’re at particular risk.
Although your diet should provide all the iron you need to replace the lost blood, many women still don’t get enough. Vegetarians and vegans may find it particularly hard to take in enough iron.
Good dietary sources include:
The tannin in tea can interfere with iron absorption in the gut, so avoid drinking tea with meals. Vitamin C, on the other hand, has the opposite effect, so a glass of orange juice with your steak is a good idea.
Iron supplements are available from pharmacies for those who can’t get enough from their diet. There are various types and if you don’t get on with one type, try another.
This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in August 2005.
First published in November 1997.
- meat, poultry and liver (but avoid liver during pregnancy).
- fortified breakfast cereals
- fresh green vegetables
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