Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the developed world, affecting around one in three women of reproductive age.
It can develop when iron intakes or iron absorption rates are unable to meet the iron demands of the body, causing weakness, fatigue, poor concentration, headaches, and intolerance to exercise.
Amanda Patterson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and Jacklyn Jackson, PhD candidate in nutrition and dietetics, University of Newcastle explain the impact of iron deficiency on body function.
Note one of the causes of iron deficiency is "Being vegetarian, vegan, or having a diet where iron is not well absorbed". One of the common symptoms of CLL is anaemia, so we need to ensure that there are no other contributing causes of our anaemia.