It is important for women to maintain optimal iron levels by including iron-rich foods in their diet and consider iron supplementation if necessary.
Anemia, particularly caused by iron deficiency, has long been a major health problem for women. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global prevalence of anemia in women of childbearing age reached a whopping 29.9 percent in 2019, affecting more than half a billion women aged 15-49. These statistics highlight the magnitude of the problem and emphasize the need to address iron deficiency. Now let’s look at the importance of iron to women’s health and the health problems associated with iron deficiency anemia.
Concept Anemia and its connection to iron deficiency
Anemia is caused by a low level of hemoglobin in the blood. Iron is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, and insufficient iron supply hinders oxygen transport to tissues, leading to decreased energy and organ metabolism, causing fatigue. Iron deficiency anemia in pregnant women can lead to premature birth, low birth weight and reduced iron stores in babies, affecting their development.
Recognizing the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia
To effectively address iron deficiency, it is important to recognize its symptoms. Watch for signs such as fatigue, shortness of breath during exercise, dizziness, vision problems, poor memory, headache, insomnia, pale skin, palpitations, premature wrinkles, and tingling in the fingers and toes.
Prioritizing iron for women’s health is crucial in combating iron deficiency and its associated health complications. By including iron-rich foods in your diet and considering appropriate iron supplements when needed, you can take proactive steps to maintain optimal iron levels. In addition, options such as iron-fortified salt from reputable brands can be included in the daily diet and can provide up to 25 percent of the daily iron requirement. Remember to take a comprehensive approach that includes a balanced diet, supplementation (if needed), and regular iron monitoring to promote women’s health, boost energy levels, and ensure overall well-being.
The article is written by Kavita Devgan, Nutrition Consultant, Tata Salt Iron Health.
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