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Women’s Health Week is one week in a busy year dedicated to encouraging all women across Australia to make good health a priority.
Supported by the Jean Hailes' foundation, Women’s Health Week is a nation-wide campaign of events and online activities – all centred on improving women’s health and helping women make healthier choices.
Iron deficiency is on the rise among young Australian women, with the prevalence in Australia estimated to be 20% (1).
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.
Young women are also at an increased risk of iron deficiency anaemia with 6.4% of Australian women, compared to only 2.5% of young men, reported to have iron deficiency anaemia (2).
We need iron for many functions in our body. It helps to transport oxygen through our blood to all our organs and supports our immune system, muscle function and brain development. Common symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, dizziness and headaches, breathing difficulties, brain fog, restless legs and leg cramps and cold feet and hands.
If you need help with increasing your iron intake, Connect Health & Community Dietitians are can help you develop an approach for your specific needs. With phone and video consultations available, you can call us today on 03) 9575 5333 or visit our Diet and Nutrition information page.
For more information about Women's Health Week, visit https://www.womenshealthweek.com.au/
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