Iron is necessary for the production of hemoglobin, a protein that is found in red blood cells. Hemoglobin plays a very important role because it allows red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiency leads to low levels of red blood cells, which means that the tissues and muscles do not get enough oxygen and are unable to work properly. Today we present some of the most important signs that will help you know that you are suffering from iron deficiency.
This is actually a result of serum iron deficiency, not a symptom, but undoubtedly, with anemia caused by iron deficiency, supplementing it is necessary to improve health. This type of anemia is the most common type found in the world.
Causes of anemia include:
Although anemia is the result of serum iron deficiency, you need to know how to recognize it. What most often motivates to perform laboratory tests for anemia are symptoms. With too little hemoglobin, too little oxygen reaches your tissues and muscles. As a result, they lack the fuel necessary for proper functioning.
To fix this, the heart begins to work harder (faster) to accelerate blood circulation with a fresh supply of oxygen. This, in turn, makes you tired more than usual, inadequate to the situation. More than half of people with anemia experience this symptom, which significantly limits their functioning.
But how do you recognize fatigue due to iron deficiency in a world where momentum and fatigue have become the norm?
Look out for other accompanying symptoms such as:
Hemoglobin in red blood cells acts as a dye and gives them blood-red color. Low serum iron levels can cause your blood to become paler. With it, your skin may lose a healthy shine and slightly pink color. However, pallor may or may not appear all over your body.
It can affect only one part of it, e.g. the face, the inside of the mouth, gums, the inside of the lower eyelid or even nails. A simple test is to tilt the lower eyelid and check its color - it should be blood red, not pale pink or yellow. You can see it in the mirror and compare it with the color of the inside of the eyelid of a healthy person to see the difference with your own eyes.
However, pallor is not necessary to find iron deficiency. It often occurs in moderate to advanced cases of anemia.
Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body. If its level is low due to iron deficiency, oxygen levels will also fall. Because of this, your muscles will not get enough oxygen to carry out normal activities such as walking.
Your body will try to cope with it by increasing your heart rate, which is the rate at which blood (including oxygenated blood) circulates around your body. Because of this, you may be short of breath. This is a common symptom of serum iron deficiency.
If you have recently noticed that you lack air during normal daily activities such as walking or climbing stairs, you may suspect iron deficiency.
Want to know other signs that you're missing iron? Take a look at our next article, where we give another 9 symptoms and do not get anemia!