Fredericksburg Parent

February 2014

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www.FredParent.NET 17 (BPT) — Fatigue. Dizziness. Irritability. Millions in the United States are experienc- ing these symptoms, but few know they may be the signs of a condition called iron deficiency anemia (IDA). IDA is most com- mon among women of childbearing age and in those with special conditions, such as chronic kidney disease or gastrointestinal disorders that can cause bleeding. IDA can sap the energy of even the most energetic individuals. Flora Migyanka, a mother and fitness enthusiast, learned firsthand the impact of this condition. "I couldn't drag myself out of bed and felt an overwhelming feeling of fatigue," she says. "I had labored breathing and horrible head- aches. I do a lot of yoga and even the • 17 Are You Getting Enough Iron? Deficiency affects younger women most Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) can sap the energy of even the most energetic individuals. simplest poses caused me to become short of breath. I was always cold and just didn't feel right." IDA occurs when someone does not have enough iron to produce sufficient red blood cells or makes red blood cells that are too small. There are many continued on pg 19

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