Characteristics of anemia caused by low iron

What is iron deficiency anemia?

Iron deficiency anemia is a type of anemia that occurs because of low iron levels prevent adequate production of red blood cells needed for the necessary transmission of oxygen to the cells.

The body absorbs iron from the foods we eat. When the amount of dietary iron is scarce, or when blood is frequently lost, the body runs out of iron stores and this type of anemia takes place .

Iron deficiency anemia usually occurs in a gradual way, increasing in intensity slowly and gradually weakening the body.

This type of anemia is the most common of all.

Who does iron deficiency anemia affect?


Iron deficiency is most common in women than in men

It is much more common in women (20%) than men (3%) and affects half of all pregnant women.

It is a disease that can be more easily in women who lose much blood during menstruation, especially in anomalies such as vaginal bleeding (Metrorrhagia), or in infancy.

It can also occur in children during periods of rapid growth.

Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?


Headache can be a symptom of iron deficiency

The main symptoms of the anemia for want of iron are:

  • Continued fatigue.
  • Fatigue with little effort.
  • Excessive sweat.
  • Problems in the breathing.
  • Pale or yellowish color of the skin.
  • Problems in the nails.
  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Sink or urge to ingest food without nutritional value (mud, ice, hair, paint, etc)

Causes of iron deficiency anemia?


Iron deficiency is most common in women than in men

The main causes that produce this type of anemia are:

  • Diet low in ironrich foods.
  • Excessive loss of blood caused by factors such as:


    Frequent bleeding can be a cause for anemia

    • Abundant Menstruations
    • Ulcers of stomach.
    • Tumors of the stomach or intestines.
    • Habitual nosebleeds
    • Bleeding hemorrhoids.
  • Excessive iron loss caused by such factors as:

Diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia?

When one notices symptoms that may suggest the existence of anemia, it is necessary to visit a doctor who will diagnose the possible existence of this disease.

Blood tests will help determine the diagnosis.

The high-priority objective of the treatment supposes the elimination of the causes that originate the problem.



Some medicinal plants, such as dandelion, are very good to prevent or treat anemia

For the treatment of the anemia, natural remedies can be used as an aid to the treatment offered by the doctor, with him the convenience of using the following resources should be consulted:

– The use of medicinal plants that can stimulate the body’s production of iron.

– The adoption of a suitable diet to restore adequate iron levels.

– The use of appropriate complements

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

7 April, 2021

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