Can iron deficiency anemia be prevented?
Eating a balanced diet usually provides you with enough iron to meet your body's needs. If you have had iron deficiency once, you are at increased risk of getting it again, so your doctor may prescribe you daily iron supplementation to prevent iron deficiency anemia from returning. It is important to consult your doctor first, otherwise you risk an iron overdose. Most of the time iron supplements won't be needed, as increasing dietary iron is enough to maintain iron stores.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 06 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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