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Preventing iron deficiency and correcting it if you are iron deficient, is an essential part of preventing several different types of health conditions. Read on to learn how it is caused.

An estimated 4% of women in Colombia have iron deficiency anemia. According to the Colombian Association for Public Health, this condition is caused by the quality of blood a person has and can occur in both men and women.

As the Hematology Department from the Clinical Hospital in Salamanca, Spain, explains, this is a stronger type of anemia that occurs as a result of iron deficiency, a mineral the body needs to function properly. Iron must be obtained from a person’s environment, as a human body cannot produce it directly.

Symptoms of iron deficiency

1. Low energy. When muscles do not receive enough oxygen, which is used to create energy, the body becomes fatigued and loses a significant amount of strength in a short period of time.

2. Irritability. Chronic iron deficiency interferes in the way the neurons communicate with each other. This can cause a lack of dopamine, a neurotransmitter found in different parts of the brain that is particularly important to the body’s motor function. As a result of this, people can become anxious and irritable.

3. Pale skin, and brittle nails and hair loss. Hemoglobin is what gives blood a red color. When hemoglobin levels become lower, either due to iron deficiency or another cause, the skin becomes pale. Similarly, the poor blood quality also makes both the hair and nails thin and brittle.

4. Tachycardia. When it is serious, iron deficiency anemia can cause tachycardia as well as heart palpitations. This can be reduced with treatment from expert healthcare professionals.

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