What is iron deficiency anemia?

IDA is a common type of anemia

IDA is a common type of anemia

Iron helps produce hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells, which is a molecule that carries oxygen to your blood.

Without enough iron, your body starts using the iron it has stored. Soon, the stored iron gets used up.

Without iron, your body cannot produce the number of normal red blood cells needed to keep you in good health.

About IDA - LIVING WITH THESE SYMPTOMS?

LIVING WITH THESE SYMPTOMS?

You may have undiagnosed or undertreated IDA. It’s also possible to have no symptoms at all, or another underlying medical condition. Make sure to tell your doctor about your symptoms.

  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Brittle nails
  • Cravings for ice
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Yellow or pale skin
  • Cold hands or feet

There are conditions that may put you at put you at an increased risk of IDA

There are conditions that may put you at an increased risk of IDA:

It’s important to have an open conversation with your doctor about IDA and your iron levels. Your doctor can determine if any of your symptoms are related to IDA, but it’s also possible to have no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s essential to get a blood test, which is necessary in diagnosing and managing IDA.

Learn more about conditions that may increase the risk of IDA.

Mild IDA doesn’t usually cause complications

Mild IDA doesn’t usually cause complications, but may become severe and lead to health issues, such as:

Infections

IDA has been associated with an increased risk of infections.

Heart Problems

IDA can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat and lead to an enlarged heart or heart failure.

Worsening of chronic conditions, including treatments not working as well, can occur if IDA is left undiagnosed or untreated.

IDA Affects More People Than You Think

IDA Affects More People Than You Think

One in Five Women

of childbearing age is
affected by IDA

25% of the population

is affected by anemia, with iron deficiency being the main cause

An estimated 5 million

Americans are affected by IDA (the majority being women)

Curious about how your doctor can diagnose and treat IDA?

Curious about how your doctor can diagnose and treat IDA?

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