Since its launch in 2015, Iron Deficiency Day has aimed to educate people globally about the importance of iron for the body and what can happen if iron levels are not properly managed. It encourages people to become better informed and take control over their health. Iron Deficiency Day is an international event which raises awareness of the serious impact of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia.
Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia is estimated to affect one in three people worldwide2, yet despite the serious consequences and high prevalence of iron deficiency, it is still an under-recognised condition.
Iron deficiency, with and without anaemia, can be debilitating and exacerbate underlying chronic diseases, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. The symptoms of iron deficiency can manifest in different ways; they are hard to determine and can be associated with a number of other health conditions but common symptoms include: fatigue, pale skin, brittle nails and inability to concentrate.
Iron Deficiency Day 2019 has a particular focus on the importance of iron deficiency in women’s health, and the connection between iron deficiency and chronic heart failure.
Ed Harding of the European Heart Failure Policy Network said: “Iron deficiency in conditions such as heart failure is a very serious problem; in Europe 50% of CHF Patients have some form of iron deficiency6. Iron Deficiency Day has an important role in raising awareness of these conditions and helping people to understand their symptoms, seek a proper diagnosis, and ultimately receive the correct treatment.”
For more information visit the Iron Deficiency Day website at www.IronDeficiencyDay.com
Source: Vifor Pharma Group