Iron is very important in maintaining the many human body functions, including the production of haemoglobin, the molecules in the human blood that carries oxygen. Iron is also necessary to maintain healthy cells, nails, skin and hair.
Iron Deficiency Anaemia is a condition when the red blood cells are very few in the body due to lack of iron. Without adequate iron, in the human body, it can't produce enough of a substance in red blood cells. As a result, iron deficiency anaemia may leave a person tired and short of breath. One of the most common dietary deficiency in the world, iron deficiency anaemia generally affects children and women (particularly pregnant women). The common causes of iron deficiency include poor iron intake due to inadequate diet or restrictive diets, inflammatory bowel disease, increased requirements during pregnancy and blood loss through heavy periods or internal bleeding.
Causes of iron deficiency anaemia
If a person is not consuming enough iron, or if the person is losing too much iron, the body thus, cannot produce enough haemoglobin, and iron deficiency anaemia will eventually develop.
Causes of iron deficiency anaemia may include:
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anaemia?
In the beginning, iron deficiency anaemia can be mild that it may go unnoticed. But, as the body becomes scarce in iron and anaemia it worsens, the signs and symptoms may increase.
Here are the Iron deficiency anaemia signs and symptoms:
If you or your kid develops the above signs and symptoms that it’s time you book a blood test and do the Anaemia Test that includes Iron, TIBC, UIBC and Transferrin Saturation%. Find a lab near you and get the Iron tests for anaemia at the comfort of your home.