Table of Contents
- Anemia facts
- What is anemia?
- What are the symptoms of anemia?
- What causes anemia?
- Can inadequate iron cause anemia (iron deficiency anemia)?
- Iron deficiency anemia (continued)
- What about sudden (acute) blood loss as a cause of anemia?
- What are other causes of anemia?
- Can anemia be hereditary?
- How is anemia diagnosed?
- What is a complete blood cell (CBC) count?
- How is blood collected for a CBC?
- What is the red blood cell (RBC) count?
- What is hemoglobin?
- What does a low hemoglobin level mean?
- What is the hematocrit?
- How is hematocrit determined?
- How is anemia treated?
- What are the complications of anemia?
- What is the outlook (prognosis) for anemia?
Can inadequate iron cause anemia (iron deficiency anemia)?
Absolutely! As a matter of fact, iron deficiency is a very common cause of anemia. This is because iron is major component of hemoglobin and essential for its proper function. Chronic blood loss due to any reason is the main cause of low iron level in the body as it depletes the body's iron stores to compensate for the ongoing loss of iron. Anemia that is due to low iron levels is called iron deficiency anemia.
Young women are likely to have low grade iron deficiency anemia because of the loss of blood each month through normal menstruation. This is generally without any major symptoms as the blood loss is relatively small and temporary.
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