When it comes to iron deficiency – everything from diagnosis to treatment – there are a few things that you should definitely do. So, without further ado, let’s get to the 5 Dos that can help you take control of this all-too-common (yet preventable) health issue.
When it comes to iron deficiency:
DO: Know the Symptoms
Know the symptoms of iron deficiency so that you can spot the warning signs in yourself or a loved one. It’s easy; use the Symptom Checker and take it to your doctor to discuss any of your symptoms further.
DO: Know the Risk Factors
Iron deficiency doesn’t discriminate and can affect both sexes regardless of age. Knowing who is at risk can help you look out for yourself and those that matter to you. Read “Are YOU At Risk?” to learn more.
DO: Be Proactive
Unfortunately, iron deficiency isn’t part of regular screening (yet) even though it’s the most common nutrient deficiency in the world. So, don’t be afraid to speak up! If you’re suspicious of iron deficiency, ask your doctor for proper testing. Remember, this is YOUR health. To make things a little easier, I’ve put together 4 things you should discuss with your doctor to prompt the conversation.
DO: Know Your Body’s Iron Requirements
Our iron needs vary depending on gender and age. Check out my article on “Is Your Iron Intake Up to Par?” as a quick and easy reference guide to help you know your family’s iron needs.
DO: Up Your Dietary Iron Intake
By regularly eating foods that are high in iron, you can increase your iron level and lower the risk of developing iron deficiency. Getting more iron into your diet is easy! We’ve made it even easier with this list of the top 12 iron-rich foods.
Content and advice provided on The Iron Maiden is for information purposes only and should not serve as a substitute for a licensed health care provider, who is knowledgeable about an individual’s unique health care needs