Iron deficiency can leave you feeling all kinds of blah: lethargic, weak, and irritable. Here's how to spot signs of iron deficiency anemia — and when you should seek help.
Iron deficiency anemia is a common condition in which your blood doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells. As the name implies, it's due to a lack of iron. Without sufficient iron, your body can't produce enough hemoglobin — the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen. As a result, those with iron deficiency anemia may feel tired and short of breath.
Iron deficiency anemia can develop over time if there is a significant loss of iron in the body or the intake of iron is too low. Contrary to popular belief, it’s very rarely caused by diet. It’s more likely to be the result of:
There are some people who are at a higher risk of developing iron deficiency anemia than others including:
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