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Signs and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia


When you hear the word anemia, you probably think of iron deficiency anemia. However, there are many types of anemia as this term simply refers to the body’s lack of healthy red blood cells.


Our red blood cells carry oxygen throughout our body and when their function is compromised we can become anemic. The most common types of anemia in adults are iron deficiency anemia, megaloblastic (pernicious) anemia – due to folic acid deficiency or macrocytic anemia – deficiency of B12.


The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia in adults include:

feeling tired and weak
work performance suffers
feeling cold often
inflamed tongue (glossitis)
shortness of breath during routine activities
pica – desire to eat non-food substances such as laundry starch, dirt, clay, ice




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