Consult Top
Doctors Online

Select Page
Iron Deficiency: Are You Getting Enough Iron? | mfine Iron Deficiency: Are You Getting Enough Iron? | mfine
Diet & Nutrition

All You Need To Know About Iron Deficiency

  • timeline Dr. Uma M
  • 3 Min Read
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Do you feel exhausted quite often despite adequate rest? Are headaches and dizziness frequent visitors in your day to day life? There’s a possibility that you may be suffering from iron deficiency. This deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t have adequate amounts of the mineral iron. This further leads to a lower count of red blood cells (RBC).

Iron is pivotal for the production of a protein in the red blood cells called hemoglobin, which helps your tissues and muscles get the required amounts of oxygen. Hence, when one suffers from iron deficiency, their hemoglobin is also significantly low. This affects the efficiency of their muscles and tissues and ultimately leads to anemia.

Read on to know some of the most common symptoms and causes of iron deficiency that you should look out for—

Symptoms of iron deficiency

Some of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency include:

  1.   Feeling tired most of the time
  2.   Shortness of breath while doing normal activities
  3.   Looking unusually pale
  4.   Frequent headaches and dizziness
  5.   Increased heartbeat
  6.   Hair and skin appear to be frail
  7.   Brittle nails
  8.   Swelling or soreness in the mouth or tongue
  9.   Legs feel restless
  10.   Unusual cravings as well as anxiety

iron deficiency symptoms mfine

What causes iron deficiency?

Some of the most common reasons one may develop iron deficiency include:

A lack of iron in the diet: You need to have iron-rich foods in your daily diet. In case there’s a lack of iron in your diet, you’re likely to develop an iron deficiency.

Blood loss: The red blood cells in your blood contains iron. Hence, when you suffer from any kind of blood loss, you lose significant amounts of iron as well. Women lose some amounts of blood during their menstruation period every month and hence, are at a higher risk of iron deficiency anemia compared to men.

Your body’s inability to absorb iron: In case you suffer from an intestinal disorder like celiac disease, there’s a possibility of your body being unable to absorb iron. This is because nutrients from the food we eat are absorbed into our bloodstream in our small intestine. Thus, any intestinal disorder can meddle with this function.

Pregnancy: When a woman is pregnant, the iron stores in her body don’t just serve her blood volume but also of the growing fetus. Hence, if adequate amounts of iron supplements aren’t taken, the woman is prone to developing iron deficiency.

iron deficiency in pregnant woman mfine

What to do when you have iron deficiency?

The first and foremost thing is to keep a watch on the kind of symptoms you’re experiencing. If you feel you could be iron deficient, get a health check done right away. The other steps to follow include:

Talk to your doctor: Once your blood test confirms you have an iron deficiency, a doctor will be able to help you with the right treatment plan, the main aim of which would be to restore your hemoglobin levels and also boost your iron stores.

Have an iron-rich diet: Include foods that are rich in iron, in your daily diet. This includes seeds and nuts, red meat, chicken, green leafy veggies like kale and spinach, raisins, apricots, seafood, beans and pulses.

Boost your body’s iron-absorption ability: Make sure you consume foods that are rich in vitamin C. This is because it will help your body absorb iron better. Go for whole-grain cereals, dairy, as well as fruits and veggies to get adequate vitamin C.

iron deficiency iron rich food mfine

Additionally, your doctor may recommend iron supplements to you. Don’t forget to take them as prescribed and you will see visible improvement in your symptoms gradually.

When it comes to health, knowing is awesome. To know more about your body, book a health checkup with us today.

  • timeline
  • Written by

    Dr. Uma M

  • Was this article helpful?
Consult A Dietitian

You might also like to watch

How Much Green Tea is Too Much|Green Tea Side Effects

Dysmenorrhea Treatment | Tips for Period Cramps Relie

Difference Between COVID and Pneumonia

It's Okay to Not be Okay | Psychiatrist's Take on Mental Health Stigma

Topics you might be interested in

Mental Health Tips

Seasonal Allergies

Types Of Cancer

Cancer Prevention Steps

Cancer Treatment Techniques

Managing Menopause

Improving Fertility

Baby And Health Advice

Sexual Health Tips

Healthy Hair Remedies

Preventing Heart Disease

Cholesterol Reduction Tips

Managing Hypertension

Healthy Pregnancy

Food Intolerances

Digestive Health

Managing Chronic Illness

Positive Parenting

Weight Management

Stress Management

Healthy Eating

You might also like to read

You might also like to watch

Our editors recommend

Our editors recommend


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Share article


Consult with city's
top doctors online

Install mfine App