10 Things You Need To Know About Iron Deficiency Anemia

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Health Essentials

Iron is one of the most essential nutrients that our bodies need. It is important for blood production, as about 70% of the iron in your body is found in your hemoglobin. Hemoglobin, or the red blood cells, are necessary for moving oxygen around your body from the lungs to your brain, heart, and everything in between. When your iron stores are exhausted, you can develop iron deficiency anemia. This is a common type of anemia where blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells, or hemoglobin. At first, iron deficiency anemia can be so mild that it goes relatively unnoticed — but as the condition progresses, the more the symptoms intensify.
Read on for what symptoms and signs to look out for.

Fatigue

Feeling tired — tired to the bone, is one of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency, affecting more than half of all people who have this condition. Fatigue occurs because the hemoglobin needed to carry oxygen around your body is lacking, and less oxygen reaches your tissue and muscles. This deprives them of energy, in addition to your heart having to work harder to move more oxygen-rich blood through your veins. Since being tired is usually part and parcel of a normal, busy, modern life, it is not usually noticed, and it is difficult to diagnose iron deficiency on this symptom alone.