Iron deficiency anemia is the result of a lack of hemoglobin. When a body doesn’t have enough iron to produce hemoglobin, red blood cells can’t carry oxygenated blood to the rest of the body – which is what hemoglobin allows them to do. Someone can become anemic through chronic blood loss, a lack of nutritional iron, pregnancy or an inability to absorb the iron. Chronic blood loss includes menstruation and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Iron deficiency can be combated by eating iron-rich foods, including lean red meat and poultry, as well as supplements. Talk to a doctor before taking any supplements. Keep reading to learn about the 11+ signs of iron deficiency:
Feeling tired all the time no matter how much sleep you get may be a sign of iron deficiency anemia. Keep a sleep log to see if you are getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night for an adult. If you sleeping that long but still feel tired all day, visit your doctor.
2. Lack of appetite
With exhaustion comes a lack of energy, which could mean a lack of appetite. Even if you are not hungry, try to eat something high in iron to see if your body positively responds with an upswing in energy after several days.
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