Iron Deficiency

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Minerals are very important for humans; they provide strength to the body and help to defend minor and major diseases. One of the important minerals is iron; the deficiency of iron in human body is a common disease throughout the world called Anemia.

The iron-deficiency anemia occurs when the human body does not make sufficient amount of hemoglobin due to the lacking of iron, which expresses that there is not enough hemoglobin, which carry oxygen throughout the body. In this situation body needs to get required iron from other sources such as food, supplements and medicines. “The terms anemia, iron deficiency, and iron deficiency anemia often are used interchangeably but equivalent. Iron deficiency ranges from depleted iron stores without functional or health impairment to iron deficiency with anemia, which affects the functioning of several organ systems.” (Iron Deficiency, 2007)CausesThere may be different reason of having low-level of iron in the body; some of the major reason could be loss of blood either because of injury or disease.

Person does not getting proper diet, which contain appropriate amount of iron in it, or he may not able to absorb it from diet.

Another reason of Iron deficiency has been observed when body needs unusual amount of iron for example during pregnancy or heavy workout.

EffectsIron-deficiency anemia can be rated from modest to serious levels. At modest level it usually causes minor problems. However, at serious level it can cause extreme weakness or loss of energy. This anemia can result as serious issues for children and pregnant women by affecting their hearts. Children at young age usually find delay in their growth due to iron-deficiency, which is risky in terms of toxicity and infections and causes behavior problems. In pregnancy it bring risk of premature delivery and baby...