Did you know that iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world? According to the World Health Organization, more than 30% of the world’s population suffers from iron deficiency. Women, infants, children, vegetarians, and frequent blood donors are among the most at risk populations, says Mayo Clinic.
It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms, as iron deficiency can cause heart problems and stunt growth. Here are the signs and symptoms you should know, as explained by Women’s Health:
1. Fatigue. Iron is used to make hemoglobin, the material in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the entire body. When you’re iron deficient, your blood cells take a hit. This can make you feel exhausted.