Anemia is a condition which develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells to deliver oxygen around the body. Iron deficiency anemia is a common type with the World Health Organization (WHO) stating that it’s the most common nutritional disorder in the world [1].



Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia


At times, iron deficiency can go unnoticed due to its lack of symptoms though as it worsens, indicators begin to become more apparent. According to Mayo Clinic, some of these may include [2]:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath
  • Headache, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Brittle nails

Causes of Iron Deficiency Anemia


There are a number of reasons why someone may experience iron deficiency anemia, some of the most common include:

  • Blood loss (women with heavy periods, gastrointestinal bleeding)
  • Not consuming enough iron
  • Inability to absorb iron (due to an intestinal disorder)

One of the most reliable ways to keep an eye on your iron levels is by taking a test. This can be done by taking a visit to your doctor or from home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s at-home Iron Test can identify iron deficiencies in your body with online results available within 5 days. Our dedicated medical team will be available every step of the way to answer any questions you may have.

See also: How do you Check Iron Levels From Home?



References

  1. World Health Organization. Iron Deficiency Anemia. Online: Who.int
  2. Mayo Clinic. Iron deficiency anemia. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019