10 Symptoms Of An Iron Deficiency
Iron is vital for the human body because it is essential in the production of hemoglobin. Red blood cells depend on hemoglobin to carry oxygen and distribute it throughout the body. Unfortunately, many people suffer from an iron deficiency, but not so many are diagnosed or treated because signs and symptoms of iron deficiencies are not fully understood.
Severe iron deficiency may lead to iron anemia, which is the most common type of anemia worldwide. Studies have shown that women are more likely to suffer from an iron deficiency, but an iron deficiency can affect both genders.
The simplest and easiest way to determine an iron deficiency is to take a blood test and check iron levels. Iron supplements and dietary changes are common ways to deal with iron deficiency. If an iron deficiency is left untreated, it can have a significant impact on daily life. Read on to find the most common symptoms of an iron deficiency.
Symptom #1: Tiredness
Tiredness or fatigue is the most common symptom of an iron deficiency. If there are not enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body, meaning the tissues and organs cannot get sufficient oxygen they need, the body will lack energy and people will feel tired. Also, under such conditions, the heart will have to work harder to pump more blood to supply the body with enough amount of oxygenated blood, which of course will contribute further to extreme tiredness and fatigue.
The lower the iron levels in the human body, the more tired people will feel. Undoubtedly this has a massive impact on a person’s quality of life. So, prompt diagnosis and proper treatment of an iron deficiency are very important.
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