Iron deficiency can cause many problems such as weakness, lack of attention, tendency to sleep, heart palpitations and hair loss. Iron deficiency, which threatens especially women of reproductive age and, if not treated, can reduce their quality of life and cause loss of workforce, is a health problem that must be treated.
Iron deficiency is among the top priority health problems of the World Health Organization today. More than 2 billion people in the world, in other words, more than 30 percent of the world’s population, suffer from anemia due to iron deficiency. Women are in the group that has to deal with the problem of iron deficiency the most. Studies show that one out of every 3-4 women living in Turkey has an iron deficiency problem. Increasing menstrual bleeding and childbirth are important causes of iron deficiency.
Contrary to popular belief
Symptoms of iron deficiency
- Pale skin,
- Weakness, fatigue,
- Hair loss,
- Easy breakage of nails,
- Concentration disorder,
- Tendency to sleep
Treatment of iron deficiency
The missing iron is supplemented by oral medication, and in some cases by intravenous loading. Since iron deficiency can develop for many reasons, it is of great importance to simultaneously identify the factor causing this picture and initiate treatment.
Hematology Specialist Prof. Dr. Mustafa Çetiner states that the treatment of iron deficiency takes an average of 3-6 months.
“The bone marrow first uses all the iron given to replace the missing amount of blood, when the hemoglobin level returns to normal, this time it starts to store the iron that it does not use. Not interrupting the iron treatment plays a key role for successful results”
The treatment should not be interrupted
Hematology Specialist Prof. Dr. Mustafa Çetiner states that in addition to drug therapy in iron deficiency, an iron-rich diet is also extremely important and makes the following recommendations:
Nutritional supplement against iron deficiency
- The richest source of iron is red Take care to consume meat at least 2 times a week.
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and chard; Keep legumes such as red lentils, dried beans and chickpeas on your table frequently.
- Nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts and peanuts, fish and egg yolks are among the foods rich in iron. These foods should be on your table regularly.
- One of the most important causes of iron deficiency in our country is excessive consumption of tea. Due to the phytate substance in the tea content, it binds the iron and prevents it from passing through the gastrointestinal tract to the body. Against iron deficiency, limit the tea to 2-3 glasses a day and drink it at least 1-1.5 hours after a meal.
- The most important issue is that if you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency, do not leave the treatment halfway.