Iron deficiency is also called irony deficiency anaemia. When there is iron deficiency, your doctor often tells you that you have a low hemoglobin in your red blood cells. It is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your tissues. Naturally, when you are low on iron, less hemoglobin is produced, and consequently, your body doesn’t get sufficient oxygen. People can carry on their daily activities despite iron deficiency for years, without experiencing acute symptoms. Iron deficiency normally happens when there is inadequate iron intake. Foods like meat, eggs and some green leafy vegetables have lots of iron. Since children need to grow and pregnant women need to give birth, during these stages, people often need more iron rich foods in their diets. You must get a low iron diet test if you’re feeling symptoms of low iron in your blood or if you feel that there isn’t enough iron in your diet.
The ideal mineral inside your body is essential for manufacturing hemoglobin. This is a protein in your red blood cells that enables your red blood cells to carry oxygen to different parts of your body. In the lack of enough oxygen, your muscles don’t get enough energy, and this results in the condition called anaemia.
The common causes of iron deficiency are
Not eating iron-rich food
Inflammatory bowel disease
Excessive bleeding during periods
What are the symptoms of iron deficiency or lower iron your body?
The symptoms include
Shortness of breath or fast heartbeat
Inflammation or soreness of tongue
Unusual craving for ice, dirt or starch
When you experience any of some of these symptoms, you must urgently refer to a doctor who will then advise an appropriate low iron test based on your symptoms and the health problems you may be facing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of test do I need to check if I'm suffering from iron deficiency?
The low iron tests may be recommended by your doctor based on your symptoms and the problems you might be facing at the time of the diagnosis. In various combinations the low iron tests may include serum test to know your iron count, Hemoglobin Hb test, Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin test, complete hemogram test, iron studies test and some other tests that your doctor may require to be able to prescribe medication and nutrition.
What is the process of getting a low iron test done?
Once you fix up an appointment, a phlebotomist will visit you to draw a blood sample, which is also called a serum sample, from your arm. It is a completely safe procedure. Once the serum sample is collected, it will be submitted to our lab. You will get the appropriate low iron test results within a couple of days.
What are some serious problems that can be caused by low iron in diet?
Although you may go on living your normal life despite having low iron in your blood, sometimes serious health situations can arise due to this. To compensate for the lack of oxygen in your body, your heart must pump in more blood. Your heart is after all a muscle. With extra hard work, it begins to grow and an enlarged heart can lead to heart failure. During pregnancy, iron deficiency can lead to premature birth or babies with low birth weight. With low iron, children may not grow properly and may suffer from stunted growth as well as a compromised immunity against diseases and infections.
Can iron deficiency be reversed with an iron rich diet?
Yes, iron deficiency can be reversed to a great extent by switching to an iron rich diet. The best thing to do is get a low iron test done under the supervision of your doctor because then your doctor or your nutritionist will be able to advise what diet to follow. This is especially important if you are a vegetarian and you don't consume meat, seafood and eggs, which are rich sources of iron. Also, you don't want to do completely the opposite – you don't even want excessive iron pumping through your blood. Hence, get a low iron test done and then plan a course of action with your doctor.
Who is more likely to get iron deficient?
Although, whoever takes a low iron diet regularly can be iron deficient, growing children and pregnant women are more prone to being iron deficient. Even those women who bleed excessively during their periods can become iron deficient.