Mary Jane Brown PhD RD writes about the Ten Signs and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency. Iron deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron. Your body needs iron to make haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen around the body. If your body doesn’t have enough haemoglobin, your tissues and muscles won’t get enough oxygen to be able to work effectively. This leads to a condition called anaemia. Although there are different types of anaemia, iron deficiency anaemia is the most common worldwide.Common causes of iron deficiency include:
Inadequate iron intake due to a diet that doesn’t provide the daily nutritional needs or that’s heavily restricted
inflammatory bowel disease
increased iron requirements during pregnancy
blood loss through heavy periods or internal bleeding
Iron deficiency can result in symptoms that can affect your quality of life. These include shortness of breath, tiredness, and reduced concentration.
Signs and symptoms of iron deficiency vary depending on:
the severity of the anaemia
how quickly it develops
your current state of health
In some cases, people experience no symptoms.
Here are ten signs and symptoms of iron deficiency, starting with the most common.
Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of iron deficiency. Left untreated, it can develop into iron deficiency anaemia. This could eventually result in complications, including:
higher chance of infections
Iron deficiency anaemia is more common in women than in men.
People who are pregnant or who have heavy menstrual periods have the highest risk and should talk to their doctor about being tested for iron deficiency anaemia.
Only take iron supplements if your doctor prescribes them. Too much iron can damage your heart, liver, and pancreas.
You should also tell your doctor if you experience side effects from iron supplements, like a metallic taste or vomiting.
The bottom line
Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common type of anaemia worldwide.
Some people have obvious symptoms, while others experience none at all. This often depends on the severity of the anaemia.
Common signs and symptoms include tiredness, pale skin, feeling short of breath, and dry and damaged hair and skin.
If you think you have symptoms of iron deficiency, talk to your doctor. Self-diagnosing is not recommended.
Most forms of iron deficiency can be treated fairly easily, usually through an iron-rich diet or iron supplements, if your doctor recommends them.
The above is just a snippet from Mary's article please read it in full with all research links here
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