Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Monday, January 4, 2016

15 Signs You May Have An Iron Deficiency

The most common symptom of iron deficiency, it's also possibly the most difficult one to detect. "Women are so used to having frenetic lives and feeling tired," says Nancy Berliner, M.D., deputy editor of Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. "They often just dismiss being tired as part of life." However, iron deficiency causes less oxygen to reach your tissues, so your body is deprived of the energy it needs. If your "normal" fatigue is coupled with you feeling, weak, irritable or unable to focus, iron (or a lack thereof) might have something to do with it. After all, there's a reason people whose iron deficiency progresses into anemia are often said to have "tired blood."

  • You have heavy periods
  • You're pale
  • You get short of breath easily
  • Your heart is pounding
  • You have restless leg syndrome
  • Your head hurts
  • You crave clay, dirt and ice
  • You feel anxious for no reason
  • You're losing your hair
  • You're vegetarian or vegan
  • You have an under-active thyroid
  • You're pregnant
  • Your tongue looks weird
  • You have celiac or inflammatory bowel disease
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15 Signs You May Have An Iron Deficiency

Source: Huffpost Healthy Living

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