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Iron: Do you have enough?

  • August 08,2021
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Iron: Do you have enough?

Iron is an essential nutrient for multiple functions in the human body, the most important being the synthesis of hemoglobin. 

 It is common knowledge; therefore, that iron deficiency can cause anemia but some of the other effects of iron deficiency are:

  • Fatigue and lethargy

  • Paleness in body parts such as the face, lower inner eyelids and nails

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Light-headedness and dizziness

  • Pounding of heart and fast heartbeats

  • Dry and damaged hair and skin

  • Sore or swollen tongue

  • Difficulty in swallowing

  • Higher risk of restless leg syndrome

  • Brittle nails

  • Cravings for strange foods or non-food items (chalk, clay etc.)

  • Cold hands and feet

  • More frequent infections

Iron deficiency is widely prevalent in our country. It is easily treatable, but if untreated, it can have far-reaching effects on your health. To understand the iron status of the general population, we examined the iron levels of all those who did a serum iron test as part of a routine health check-up at Suburban Diagnostics over the past 5 years.

From more than 40,000 samples, we found that:

Iron deficiency is rampant with roughly 1 in 10 women and 1 in 8 men being deficient in Iron. We also found that iron deficiency is seen even in patients who do not have any anemia (latent iron deficiency). 8% of men and 3% of women had iron deficiency despite having normal hemoglobin levels.

 Make your health a priority. Check your iron levels today.

 

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