Iron: You may not be getting enough.
Post by on Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Iron helps to build the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in blood. It’s also important in maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. Due to the amount of blood lost during menstruation, women of childbearing age need more than twice the amount of iron that men do—even more during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
However, many of us aren’t getting nearly enough iron in our diets, making iron deficiency anemia the most common deficiency in women.
Anemia can deplete your energy, leaving you feeling weak, exhausted, even after minimal physical activity. Iron deficiency can also impact your mood, causing depression-like symptoms such as irritability and decrease in concentration. While a simple blood test can tell your doctor if you have an iron deficiency.
If you’re feeling tired and cranky all the time, it’s a good idea to examine the amount of iron in your diet.
Dr Akthar Ganie
Senior Laparoscopic Surgeon
J&K Health Services