How Do You Know If You're Iron Deficient?

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Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia worldwide. People often don’t know they have anemia until they have signs or symptoms. Some people have obvious symptoms, while others experience none at all. This often depends on the severity of the anemia.

Iron deficiency anemia signs and symptoms may include:

→ Extreme fatigue
→ Weakness
→ Pale skin
→ Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath
→ A headache, dizziness or lightheadedness
→ Cold hands and feet
→ Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
→ Brittle nails
→ Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch
→ Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia

Severe iron deficiency can cause difficulty in swallowing

It’s fairly easy to detect and diagnose the different stages of iron deficiency with a simple blood test. Women who are pregnant and people with a gastrointestinal disorder such as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, or celiac disease should have their iron tested on a regular basis.

More: Certain Populations May Be at Risk of Iron Deficiency

If you think you have symptoms of iron deficiency, be sure to visit your doctor. Self-diagnosing is not recommended.

Luckily, most forms of iron deficiency can be treated fairly easily, usually through an iron-rich diet or iron supplements, if your doctor recommends them.

Sources & References:
www.healthline.com
www.mayoclinic.org

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