What is Iron Deficiency Anemia?

  • * It is caused by a shortage of iron in the body.
  • * The body requires iron to make hemoglobin. Without adequate iron, the body cannot produce enough hemoglobin for red blood cells.
  • * Without iron supplementation, this type of anemia is common among pregnant women.
  • * It can also be caused by blood loss due to, heavy menstrual bleeding, an ulcer, lack of iron in diet and regular use of some over-the-counter pain relievers, especially aspirin.

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Why is iron important?

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Why is iron important?

Classification of Anemia - Hemoglobin Levels