Shocking Reports shows the statics as:
80% of the World Population does not get adequate Iron.
70% Women are Iron deficient
89.7% Borderline of Iron deficiency
23% of Men are Anemic
60% of growing children
4% GDP Loss
50% Premature death
50% of Heart failure
Though Iron Deficiency prevails in every sector, below mentioned are the most affected categories.
- Ladies: [Image]
Whatever stage of life Women are in, iron should be an important part, as they need one and a half times as much iron as men in order to ensure that they have enough iron. Women are more at risk of not meeting the required Iron due to monthly blood loss.
On average, a woman loses between 5 and 80 ml of blood (2.5 and 40 mg of Iron) every month, and this has to be covered up. If you eat a normal, balanced diet; and, with a little care, you can fulfil a major part. In case of Prolonged Or Heavy menstrual Cycle, they are at risk of iron deficiency.
Menopause is also a period, women are highly sensitive to be in the Iron deficient Category due to hormonal imbalances.
A stage when extra Iron is necessary for Women. Though it is true that pregnant women don’t have monthly blood loss, an additional supply of Iron to fetuses from your own body. To meet such requirements, Pregnant women should consume double Iron every day compared to non-pregnant women. Insufficient Supply of Iron results in complications for the baby and mother. Even chances of normal delivery reduce with the amount of Iron in that stage.
- Growing Children: [IMAGE]
Children are choosy in selecting food which is only tasty, leaving behind nutrients. Children born preterm or who were less breastfed also fall under Iron Deficient. Iron Deficiency in Children as low concentration, easily tired, prone to infection, pica(eating ice, mud, wood etc), poor academics etc. Growing Children need high energy at that stage, they explore many new adventures. That stage, they are involved in Academics as well as co-curricular activities which require a lot of Cognitive development and Physical Energy.
Adequate Iron keeps up Energy high, smarter in Academics and better Cognitive skills.
Until the age of puberty, boys and girls require an equal amount of Iron (up to 12 mg a day, according to their age). Girls entering puberty without adequate Iron will result in Iron Deficiency. Whereas a guy’s Iron requirement reduces to 10 mg of iron a day after their Growing period.
- Endurance Athletes [Image]
Iron deficiency is one of the common issues faced by Athletes. Athletes, in general, need more iron than sedentary people. Iron is lost when RBC is broken down quickly through our body in the form of sweat, skin, urine, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and menstruation. Their RBC has a shorter lifespan. Hence, Female athletes are utmost risk bearers. Around half of the females who exercise and do not care about Iron experience Iron Deficiency.
If you are very active, your iron need is even greater, as more iron than usual is secreted in sweat and urine, while higher levels of energy production and oxygen transport use up more iron.