It’s World Iron Week – are you getting enough in your diet?
As the amount of red meat Kiwis eat shrinks, hospitalisations for iron deficiency anaemia are on the rise.
And it’s costing millions.
The cost of hospitalisations – primarily due to iron deficiency anaemia – has crept up from an annual $3.2 million to $6.7m over the past 10 years, according to Ministry of Health figures released under the Official Information Act.
Over the past three years, MOH has spent close to $20m for treatment. . .
For hospital-level anaemia, there’s often another underlying condition, a Ministry of Health spokesman said.
But a lack of iron-rich foods such as red meat, seafood or leafy greens is one of the biggest risks of low iron. . .
Iron in animal products such as red meat is generally absorbed easier than plant based iron, with two to three servings of red meat a week the recommended amount.
But vegetarians can be healthy, with a well thought out diet. . .