Iron deficiency is surprisingly common and if left untreated can lead to a wide variety of effects on your body. Symptoms of iron deficiency may initially be subtle and mild however can become more profound, impacting on your quality of life, sporting performance and recovery after surgery.
Symptoms may worsen as the iron deficiency becomes more severe which can lead to reduced mobility, increased risk of developing infections reduced exercise tolerance and increased risk of falls.
This can be exacerbated by other medical conditions such as chronic inflammatory conditions, heart and kidney disease and diabetes as well as during and after
Iron deficiency and anaemia can reduce oxygen delivery to vital tissues and the ability to reach peak fitness or VO2Max. This can have an impact on your physical strength affecting general fitness and competitiveness in sport.
Iron deficiency can impact on recovery after surgery, causing delayed wound healing, reduced mobility and slower return to previous level of fitness.