At the beginning of this article you must know that iron deficiency anemia is a condition characterized by a decrease in red blood cells. This condition usually occurs due to having too low iron levels in your body. In addition you need to know that this lack of iron makes the body unable to produce hemoglobin, which is crucial for the red blood cells to carry the oxygen to all tissues.
Also you need to know that anyone can develop this condition. However there are certain groups of people who are more prone to this condition than others. Namely people who do not eat meat, which means vegetarians and vegans, have greater chance of developing iron deficiency anemia than other people. This is because meat is the biggest source of iron.
Due to the loss of blood during menstruation, we can also say that women are particularly at risk. Also during the pregnancy, women must share their iron store with the fetus. Another risk group are surely the blood donors, mainly because they give too much of their iron stores.
Iron Deficiency Anemia Symptoms
1. Fatigue or/ and Weakness
If you are constantly feeling tired, and feel unexplained fatigue and muscle weakness which does not go away even after getting a good rest, then it is most likely that your blood iron levels are low.
2. Headache, Dizziness or Light-headedness, Especially Upon Standing
At this point you need to know that as soon as you stand up your blood pressure drops. Now in case you already lack oxygen, the standing can even reduce the oxygen level in your brain. This usually leads to light-headedness, dizziness or headache.
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