Iron deficiency is a fairly common issue that can leave people feeling fatigued and even short of breath. However, new research finds that there’s one group who’s particularly vulnerable to developing iron deficiency and anemia and they are young, menstruating women.
Researchers have published a study in JAMA showing that young women are at risk of developing significant iron deficiency, as well as anemia
Researchers found that between 2003 and 2020, almost 40% of women and girls were iron deficient
Though the study didn’t look at why this is happening, some theories include loss of iron through menstrual blood, as well as simply not getting enough iron in our collective diet