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Dietary iron and haem iron intakes among women of reproductive age from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health


Iron is an essential transitional metal and micronutrient; however, deficient and excess levels are associated with adverse outcomes. During pregnancy iron deficiency is associated with preterm birth and low birth weight and elevated iron stores with increased risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. This record-linkage study uses a longitudinal survey to assess low and high levels of dietary iron and haem iron intakes and risk of adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. We will examine dietary intakes from the 1973-78 ALSWH cohort in 2003 and 2009 and obstetric data from the ALSWH surveys and linked Perinatal Data Collection and Admitted Patients Data Collection in NSW, QLD, WA and ACT.