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Premonitory signs of Iron Deficiency

Iron plays very essential role in several critical functions thus it is extremely pivotal for the body.  This includes maintaining the cardiovascular health, boosting up the immunity and assisting the cognitive development. About 70% of iron is found in the muscle cells (myoglobin) and in the red blood cells i.e. hemoglobin.

Lack of iron in the body may have many adverse effects from physical to mentally. Poor diet, lack of ability to absorb iron through foods or blood loss is the major causes of iron deficiency. At times, the insufficiency of iron in the blood is unknown which can lead to several other complications.

However, the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency can differ from children to adults

Children suffering from iron deficiency may go through the following symptoms:-

  • Excessive carefulness
  • Have slower growth as compared to normal kids
  • The development of motor skills are slow that others.
  • Have a little time of attention

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency in Men and Women

Common signs of iron deficiency in adult women and men includes:- 

  • Faintness
  • Changed stool color
  • Pica or Poor appetite
  • Pale skin color
  • Headache
  • Brittle or thin nails
  • Burning sensation in tongue
  • Uneasiness or shortness of breathing
  • Restive leg syndrome
  • Distorted sense of touch
  • Angina
  • Feeling cold
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Irritability

Deficiency of iron can crop up in both kids as well as adults. However, the premonitory indications of these symptoms differ from adults to children. Compared to men, women are at the greater risk of developing the lack of iron in blood.  The reason behind this losing more amount of blood that triggers women during their menstrual cycle and also at the time of child birth.

Young girls in the age group of 14 to 18 require at least 15 mg iron content in a day. Women who come in the age group of 10 to 50 need at least 18mg of iron content while pregnant women may need about 27 mg of iron in their blood. Men however may need approximately 8 mg of iron.