A well-functioning organism depends on iron reserves. Nowadays, iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies worldwide.
In principle, anyone, at any age, can suffer from iron deficiency due to insufficient supply, intestinal malabsorption or increased iron loss.
Women who menstruate, pregnant women, children and adolescents, older people, competitive athletes and people with chronic diseases (e.g. intestinal diseases) are in the risk group for iron deficiency or, in severe cases, iron deficiency anaemia.
Tiredness, diminished physical performance, reduced cognitive abilities and hair loss may be signs of iron deficiency. In the case of iron deficiency anaemia, symptoms such as heart palpitations and shortness of breath may occur.
Such extreme situations should not arise, though, as iron deficiency is relatively easily and well treatable.
If laboratory results indicate iron deficiency along with the corresponding symptoms, treatment is justified provided there are no reasons to suspect another cause of the condition.
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