Generally, an individual suffers from iron deficiency anemia when their body does not have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a red protein found in red blood cells. It gives our skin color and is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body.
When you’re consuming iron less than the recommended dietary allowance, anemia can occur. However, even if we eat a well-balanced diet, there are a lot of possible factors that reduce the levels of iron in our body. These include the following:
- Excessive blood loss- Women are more prone to iron deficiency than men because they lose blood during menstruation. Other health conditions that is characterized by chronic blood loss such as peptic ulcer, a hiatal hernia, a colon polyp or colorectal cancer can also cause anemia.
- Poor diet- If you’re eating food with too little iron for a long period of time, you are at risk of iron deficiency.
- Pregnancy- Expectant moms are also susceptible to iron deficiency as they need more nutrients for their growing baby. Iron supplementation increases the number of red blood cells enough to suffice nutrients the fetus needs.
Eating a well-balanced diet is the best solution to prevent iron deficiency that can soon develop to anemia. You can also try taking supplements as an alternative way to get nutrients.
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