Anaemia can often develop with CLL, both during Watch and Wait (haemoglobin falling under 10/100 is one of the triggers for starting treatment), and during treatment, when blood transfusions may be required. However, given that 'According to the World Health Organisation, iron deficiency – a condition where your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron – is a global public health problem of “epidemic proportions”. It is the single most prevalent nutrient deficiency in developing and industrialised countries, and the most common cause of anaemia.
Anaemia occurs when our red blood cell count and/or haemoglobin levels are too low, resulting in an inability to transport sufficient oxygen throughout the body. Iron is required in order for haemoglobin to transport oxygen.' it can be well worth engaging with our GP to ensure that other common causes of anaemia are not responsible for our 'Symptoms of iron deficiency (which) include tiredness, neurobehavioural disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and restless leg syndrome (a nervous system disorder that creates an irresistible and sometimes unbearable urge to move the legs)...'
Natalie Parletta, Senior Research Fellow and Dietitian/Nutritionist, University of South Australia explains why iron in our diet is important, causes of iron deficiency, iron requirements and dietary sources of iron here: theconversation.com/why-iro...
Photo: Iron (laterite) in the Kangaroo Island soil is very apparent in this graded country road