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Protecting the body against iron deficiency

Protecting the body against iron deficiency

Do you feel lifeless or tired easily? Do you have shortness of breath or headache? Do you feel weak, dizzy or irritable? Do you lack concentration in your work? If the answer is yes to any of these, then chances are that you have iron deficiency anaemia. Which means your body does not have sufficient iron.

In a symposium on iron deficiency anaemia, organised by Kellogg India and Indian Dietetic Association, Bangalore Chapter, held recently in Bangalore, Dr Subhadra Sheshadri from M.S. University, Baroda, revealed that about 60 per cent of young children in India are anaemic. In a study undertaken on upper income group college girls in Baroda, it was found that 50 per cent of them were anaemic. Prevalence of anaemia is higher in females than in males. About 80 per cent of the anaemia is due to iron deficiency and the rest, is due to folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiency, said Ms Mary Mammen from Christian Medical Hospital, Vellore.