Why Iron Deficiency Is a Cause for Concern

 

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Iron Deficiency
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Natasha Tiffany, MD, has an extensive background as a board-certified hematologist and oncologist. One of the conditions that Natasha Tiffany, MD, treats is iron deficiency.

Iron does many things for the body and is used in the majority of cell functions. Therefore, iron deficiency can affect multiple systems and organs.

Iron deficiency occurs when there is not enough iron circulating in the blood. This type of deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the United States. There is a quick test that can be done to show if someone lacks enough iron in the blood.

Iron deficiency can delay an infant’s motor function, mental function, and processing skills. If a woman is pregnant and has iron deficiency, it places the pregnancy at high risk and increases the risk of a pre-term delivery. Fatigue is a major sign of iron deficiency, as are pale skin and shortness of breath.

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