Let's understand iron deficiency and its causes and symptoms first.
Anemia occurs when you have a decreased level of hemoglobin in your red blood cells (RBCs). Hemoglobin is the protein in your RBCs that is responsible for carrying oxygen to your tissues.
Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia, and it occurs when your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin. When there isn’t enough iron in your blood stream, the rest of your body can’t get the amount of oxygen it needs.
While the condition may be common, many people don’t know they have iron deficiency anemia. It’s possible to experience the symptoms for years without ever knowing the cause.
Causes of Iron Deficiency
In women of childbearing age:
Loss of iron in the blood due to heavy menstruation or pregnancy.
A poor diet
Certain intestinal diseases that affect how the body absorbs iron can also cause iron deficiency anemia.
Doctors normally treat the condition with iron.
Symptoms of Moderate to Severe Iron Deficiency
Shortness of Breathe
Strange cravings to eat items that are not food like dirt, ice or clay
Tingling or crawling feelings in legs
Tongue swelling or soreness
Cold Hands or Feet
Fast or irregular heartbeat
Panel includes: CBC W/Diff 6399, Iron W/IBC 7573, Ferritin 457, B12 7065 and Folate
Test Prep: Fasting Required, Morning Testing Required before 10am