Iron Defiency What is iron deficiency?
Iron deficiency is a medical condition brought about by lack of iron in the body. It can either because the person is not getting enough iron from his diet or because his body is not absorbing enough iron from his diet. Either way, this can lead to iron deficiency. What are the most common signs of iron deficiency?
The symptoms may all depend on the severity of the deficiency. In mild cases, it can be asymptomatic, which simply means that symptoms may not be present. In mild cases, the person may experience lack of energy or pale skin and pale lips. If the iron deficiency progresses to anemia it can already include the following symptoms:
- Feeling tired because there is not enough oxygen getting into the cells.
- Difficulty in concentrating, which results to decrease in work or school performance.
- Children may suffer from slow cognitive and social development.
- More prone to getting infection because of decreased immune defenses.
- Feeling cold or difficulty maintaining body temperature.
Iron deficiency is a very common dietary deficiency experienced around the world. It is particularly prevalent in children and women. In New Zealand alone, 25% of children under the age of 3 years old are found to have a certain degree of iron deficiency. And an estimate of up to 20% of New Zealand women and 3% of men are also iron deficient. Source Who is at risk?
Girls and women because of monthly period, Infants and young children of school age, Teenagers and athletes. Vegetarians or vegans, people with food intolerances who are not retaining nutrients from food. What is the ment option?
It is important to eat a diet rich in iron,including rich in iron; such as: red meat, nuts, seeds, green leafy, vegetables, oatmeal. But when you need a little help iron supplementation can be used to to support your diet.
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