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Re: Iron deficiency
Apr 12, 2006
Iron deficiency can go on a long time without resulting in anemia. As long as your body is absorbing enough iron from your diet (or supplements) to meet daily needs anemia will not occur. Many, many women are iron deficient often due to the demands of a montly cycle. It is quite common. It is only when it results in anemia that it becomes a medical issue. For most a daily iron supplement is all that is needed to boost your body's supply of iron and avoid anemia. As for running in families--it seems to in mine. But, it's usually the cause of the problem (such as heavy periods, etc) that would be hereditary. The women in my family seem to have a problem absorbing adequate amounts of iron. The reason for this has yet to be determined.

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