Iron Deficiency

Almost eight million adolescent girls and women of childbearing age in America are deficient in iron.

Over three million of them are anemic according to a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In this study of 25,000 people, the deficiency was most common in minority or poor women.

The lack of iron can lead to changes in immune function, poor mental development, improper metabolism and low work performance.

In infants it can cause psychomotor impairment.

This is another good reason to get medical care if you are pregnant.

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