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Generally, anemia is when your blood does not have enough healthy red blood cells and therefore cannot carry adequate oxygen to the body.
Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia caused when there is not enough iron in your body which inhibits it from creating hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen.
Without iron to produce hemoglobin, oxygen is not adequately distributed to your body.
Iron deficiency anemia is caused by the lack of iron in your blood which allows it to produce hemoglobin. This lack of iron can be caused by a few different factors:
Risk factors for Iron Deficiency Anemia include:
Due to the lack of oxygen that your body receives several complications can arise from iron deficiency anemia.
The most common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include:
Iron Deficiency Anemia is not something you should self-diagnose, and taking iron supplements on your own could be dangerous. See your doctor if you are experiencing any combination of the above symptoms persistently.
The treatments for iron deficiency anemia are very straightforward- get more iron in your body. However, some other conditions or medications can interfere with the absorption of iron.
The most common treatments for iron deficiency anemia include:
Foods rich in iron:
Foods rich in vitamin C (to help with iron absorption):
Iron deficiency anemia can cause serious health issues if left untreated. When the cells and tissue in your major organs do not receive the supply of oxygen they need they begin to scar or become damaged. Also, with iron deficiency anemia, your heart can be overworked because it is trying to supply more blood to oxygen deprived sections of the body.
Iron deficiency can take two to three weeks to reverse symptoms. Depending on why you were anemic in the first place you may need to take iron supplements for a long period of time to ensure that the anemia does not return.
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