IS YOUR “GET UP AND GO” GONE?

IS YOUR “GET UP AND GO” GONE?

September 20, 2019

Women are three times more likely to feel fatigued than men.

One in four North American women has low iron or iron deficiency anemia,

characterized by symptoms such as fatigue, peeling fingernails, hair loss, poor

concentration, heart palpitations, pale skin and dark under-eye circles. So

important is iron to health that even a mild deficiency can affect your ability to

perform everyday mental and physical tasks. And you do not have to be

diagnosed as anemic to feel the effects of low iron.

DOSING MISTAKES EXPLAINED

Many women who are diagnosed with anemia take the wrong dose because of how

doctors prescribe iron and because of inadequate labeling. Patients are often

advised to take 300 mg of iron but are not told that the actual amount of iron being

delivered is called elemental iron and varies by type of iron source. Additionally,

most iron supplements do not provide correct label information about their

elemental iron content: