Generate a file for use with external citation management software. Create File J Nutr. Abstract This paper provides summary judgments about the strength of the evidence that iron deficiency or anemia causes the six functional outcomes that were reviewed in the preceding papers, highlights priority research needs and discusses the implications of these conclusions for advocacy and programs.
What are the possible complications in the untreated cases? Generalized weakness, exercise intolerance, dyspnea, palpitations, history of blood loss during menstruation, tachycardia and low Hb, all are suggestive of iron deficiency anemia.
Iron deficiency is the most prevalent single deficiency state on a worldwide basis.
Iron deficiency, is related in part to abnormal iron metabolism Overview of iron metabolism The balance of iron in humans is tightly controlled and designed to conserve iron for reutilization. There is no regulated excretory pathway for iron, and the only mechanisms by which iron is lost from the body are blood loss via gastrointestinal bleeding, menses, or other forms of bleeding and the loss of epithelial cells from the skin, gut, and genitourinary tract.
Normally, the only route by which iron comes into the body is via absorption from food or from medicinal iron taken orally. Iron may also enter the body through red-cell transfusions or injection of iron complexes.
The margin between the amount of iron available for absorption and the requirement for iron in growing infants and the adult female is narrow; this accounts for the great prevalence of iron deficiency worldwide—currently estimated at one-half billion people.
Dietary iron content is closely related to total caloric intake approximately 6 mg of elemental iron per calories. Iron bioavailability is affected by the nature of the foodstuff, with heme iron e.
Infants, children, and adolescents may be unable to maintain normal iron balance because of the demands of body growth and lower dietary intake of iron. During the last two trimesters of pregnancy, daily iron requirements increase to 5—6 mg. That is the reason why iron supplements are strongly recommended for pregnant women in developed countries.
Iron absorption Iron absorption takes place largely in the proximal small intestine and is a carefully regulated process. In general, there is no regulation of the amounts of nutrients absorbed from the gastro intestinal tract.
A notable exception is iron, the reason that absorption must be carefully regulated is that the body does not possess a physiological mechanism to eliminate much iron from the body. The small amount of iron that is lost each day about mg is matched by dietary absorption of iron.
Absorption of these two forms of iron occurs by different mechanisms. Absorption is a multistep process involving the uptake of iron from the intestinal lumen across the apical cell surface of the villus enterocytes and the transfer out of the enterocyte across the basolateral membrane to the plasma.
Ionic iron is present in the reduced ferrous or oxidised ferric state in the diet and the first step in the uptake of ionic iron involves the reduction of iron.
Recently, a reductase that is capable of reducing iron from its ferric to ferrous state has been identified. It is a membrane bound haem protein called Dcytb that is expressed in the brush border of the duodenum.
Next, ferrous ion is transported across the lumen cell surface by a transporter called divalent metal transporter 1 DMT1 that can transport a number of other metal ions including copper, cobalt, zinc, and lead.
Once inside the gut cell, iron may be stored as ferritin or transported through the cell to be released at the basolateral surface to plasma transferrin through the membrane-embedded iron exporter, ferroportin.Iron deficiency anaemia is caused by lack of iron, often because of blood loss or pregnancy.
It's treated with iron tablets prescribed by a GP and by eating iron-rich foods. Anemia is a decrease in the total amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or hemoglobin in the blood, or a lowered ability of the blood to carry oxygen. When anemia comes on slowly, the symptoms are often vague and may include feeling tired, weakness, shortness of breath or a poor ability to exercise.
Anemia that comes on quickly often has greater symptoms, which may include confusion, feeling like. Case Details. An 18 –year- old female reported to the physician for consultation.
She complained of generalized weakness, lethargy and inability to do the routine work from the previous few months. Copper bracelets can deliver iron, zinc, and other minerals transdermally. Examines 10 explanations as well as indications + case studies. This is a guest post by Matt Ruscigno, who writes the blog True Love Health.
True or False: The iron that our bodies require is the same element found in a cast-iron skillet. This is a real true or false question on my college exam, and it fools a surprising number of my students.
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The symptoms of anemia vary according to the type of anemia, the underlying cause, the severity and any underlying health problems, such as hemorrhaging, ulcers, menstrual problems, or cancer.