Iron deficiency is a condition defined by little stores of Iron within the body.
Iron deficiency is a common condition affecting greater than 16% of Australians, making it the most common Nutritional Deficiency.
The words anemia, iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia are used interchangeably but are equivalent to each other.
What is Iron?
Iron is a mineral utilized by the body to power cellular functions. Additionally, Iron is used to manufacture enzymes required for digestion and facilitate storage of muscle storage of Oxygen.
Side effects of Iron Deficiency:
Iron deficiency can affect functioning of many organ systems.
Side effects of Iron Deficiency include;
• Fatigue, impaired memory and ability to undertake physical activity.
• In infants, Iron deficiency can delay development of normal infant motor functions.
• Iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy can increase the risk of small or premature babies.
Premature babies are at increased risk of ongoing health concerns compared to the babies born at full term.
Thus, on time treatment for iron deficiency is necessary.
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