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What is Anemia?
HOW DOES IRON PLAY A PART?
Anemia occurs when the production of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells, is lower than normal. We need hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the body's tissues and organs, making it a serious health problem if our body becomes anemic.
Although most anemia is due to iron deficiency, there are several other causes:
nutritional deficiencies: folate and vitamins B12
infectious diseases: malaria and HIV
hemoglobinopathies: sickle cell anemia
Symptoms of Anemia
Having low iron levels can significantly impact a person's overall physical and cognitive development. Pregnant women and children are especially vulnerable, as anemia increases the risk of maternal and child mortality.
The severity of these symptoms means anemia can impact a person's overall efficiency, limiting their ability to learn and earning potential.
Shortness of Breath
Cold Hands & Feet
Low Attention Span
Who is at risk?
While anemia can happen to anyone, it disproportionately impacts young children and women in developing countries. This is why it is so important to find an affordable and accessible source of iron.
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