Men

Adult men can have low iron levels but not nearly as much as children and women, for obvious reasons: no growth spurt and no menstrual blood loss.

However, men who participate in endurance sports on a competitive level may have a higher need for iron due to iron lost as part of strenuous exercise or footstrike haemolysis in runners. The highest loss of iron per day in top class athletes can be up to a staggering 2mg!1

If you have any concerns about your symptoms, please consult your health care professional for further examination and advice.


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1 Ruston D, Hoare J, Henderson L, et al (2004) The National Diet and Nutrition Survey: adults aged 19-64 years. Volume 4: Nutritional status (anthropometry and blood analytes), blood pressure and physical activity. The Stationery Office. London.