Are you feeling too exhausted to get off the couch? Catching every cold that’s going around? If you’re a woman, you could be iron deficient.
Iron deficiency occurs more frequently in women than in men. Menstruating women lose iron every month, and pregnant women need to supply extra iron to their babies. This is why men’s iron levels are usually okay while women are often playing catch-up.
Other causes of iron deficiency include blood loss due to ulcers, cancer, hemorrhoids or long-term aspirin use. Continue reading “What is Iron Deficiency? Do You Have It?”
Iron is the most abundant metal in the world and the most abundant trace element in the body, and about 70 percent of it is found in the blood. Yet iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional disorder in the world.
The primary cause of iron deficiency is blood loss due to ulcers, cancer, hemorrhoids, or long-term aspirin use. Women are particularly vulnerable to iron deficiency during heavy menstrual periods, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Those with low dietary intake of iron (such as vegetarians) and malabsorption disorders such as celiac disease are also at risk.
Iron is necessary for cell division, energy production, oxygen transport, and proper immune function. Iron deficiency symptoms can include: Continue reading “Iron Deficiency – What You Need to Know”