Women are three times more likely to feel fatigued than men.
One in four North American women has low iron or iron deficiency anemia,
characterized by symptoms such as fatigue, peeling fingernails, hair loss, poor
concentration, heart palpitations, pale skin and dark under-eye circles. So
important is iron to health that even a mild deficiency can affect your ability to
perform everyday mental and physical tasks. And you do not have to be
diagnosed as anemic to feel the effects of low iron.
DOSING MISTAKES EXPLAINED
Many women who are diagnosed with anemia take the wrong dose because of how
doctors prescribe iron and because of inadequate labeling. Patients are often
advised to take 300 mg of iron but are not told that the actual amount of iron being
delivered is called elemental iron and varies by type of iron source. Additionally,
most iron supplements do not provide correct label information about their
elemental iron content: