Anemia is the last state of an iron deficiency, but even a light iron deficiency, will have echoes on the health.
Fatigue and paleness are the most known but an iron deficiency is also responsible for a decline of attention and for a decrease of intellectual performances. Alteration of the immune functions would also be connected to it as well as the incapacity of the body to maintain its temperature when placed in a cold environment.
Growing children are at risk since it seems that iron deficiency during this time have an impact on concentration and thus in the learning process.
It was observed that pregnant women with iron deficient had three times more risks of delivering prematurely than other pregnant women. Furthermore, their children have low birth weights.
Realized by Laurence LIVERNAIS-SAETTEL, dietitian
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