About Iron Deficiency
Are You at Risk for Iron Deficiency?
Iron deficiency occurs in stages:
First, your iron intake stops meeting your daily needs.
Next, this negative balance takes a toll on your iron stores – the supply your body digs into when you aren’t getting enough from your diet.
By the time you hit iron deficiency anemia, your storage iron is low and your blood levels of iron cannot meet your daily needs. Your hemoglobin, the protein in your red blood cells (RBCs) that carries oxygen to your body’s tissues, levels drop, signaling anemia.
Women of child bearing age, teenage girls and pregnant women have an an increased risk of becoming iron deficient and therefore have a greater need for supplemental iron.
You have an increased risk for iron deficiency anemia if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
Dietary iron intake is low
Significant blood loss from menstruation
Gastric bypass surgery
Excessive antacid intake
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