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Iron Testing (haemoglobin)

Tired?  Dizzy?  Low blood pressure?  Pale skin?  Muscle weakness?  Shortness of breath?

If you suffer with any of the symptoms above, you may be suffering from too little or too much iron in your diet.

Iron is a mineral in the body that is required to form haemoglobin.  Haemoglobin is a protein, found in red blood cells, that carries oxygen around the body.  The iron that is not required to form haemoglobin is stored in the body. It is used when there is increased demand, e.g. growth, pregnancy, blood loss.  When these excess stores are used up and there is not enough iron to meet demand, a patient is determined to be iron deficient.

There may be enough iron to fuel the haemoglobin, but if iron levels fall further this will affect haemoglobin levels.  Low haemoglobin levels is termed anaemia.  High haemoglobin levels could be a sign of Haemachromatosis.

Cost:     € 10.00

Available in Baldoyle, Balbriggan, Portarlington and Whitehall.

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