Iron Deficiency (Anemia)

Iron deficiency is the most common deficiency in the world, creating anemia in children, women and men. Hemorrhage (bleeding) causes iron loss from the person’s body, resulting in deficiency of iron that should be treated with supplements, containing iron.

Iron deficiency may also be caused by improper diet. Such deficiency is likely to happen during pregnancy, because excessive iron amount should be supplied to growing fetus from mother. Because adolescent girl is grow and start to menstruate, she is at higher risk of progressing iron deficiency anemia if she follow diet that excluding meats. Iron Deficiency (Anemia)

When the iron reserve in the person’s body is exhausted, anemia progresses symptoms include: cognitive behavior changes, paleness, weakness with impaired muscles performance, and spoon nails(a deformities, where nails are concave and thin). Iron deficiency diagnosis depends on the result of the blood tests revealing anemia and low level of ferritin (protein that stores iron), and iron levels as well on patient’s symptoms.

Iron deficiency is treated with large doses of iron 1 time per day for several months. Treatment should continue unless iron and blood cells reserves return back to normal.

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