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Iron Deficiency In Women: All About This Silent Epidemic

Routine check-ups with healthcare professionals can detect iron deficiency early and guide appropriate treatment and dietary modifications.

Written by Tavishi Dogra | Updated : December 8, 2023 5:54 PM IST

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Iron Deficiency In Women

In the bustling streets and skyscrapers of our urban centres, a silent epidemic is quietly spreading among a vulnerable population - urban women. Regular exercise, a balanced iron-rich diet, and weight management can help maintain healthy iron levels.

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Continuing Iron Supplementation After Delivery

To prevent iron deficiency anaemia, healthcare providers often recommend continuing iron supplementation for the postpartum period till the lactation is continued. This supplementation and a balanced diet rich in iron sources can help women recover from childbirth and maintain their health while caring for their newborns. Also Read - Transform Your Life with These 9 Lifestyle Adjustments

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Zinc And Vitamin-Rich Foods

Zinc supports immune health and wound healing. As babies transition to solid foods, parents should focus on providing vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, and carrots, and zinc-containing foods like meat, beans, and lentils. A well-balanced diet for young children helps ensure proper development and reduces the risk of deficiencies hindering their growth and overall health.

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Increasing Iron Deficiency In Urban Women Population

Iron is lost through childbirth and breastfeeding, which can further deplete a woman's iron reserves. Iron deficiency anaemia can have severe consequences for the mother and the baby. Fatigue, weakness, and decreased energy levels can affect impairments and developmental delays in infants.  Also Read - 9 Side Effects Of Eating Too Much Ginger This Winter

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Importance Of Iron Supplementation After Delivery

The importance of continuing iron supplementation after delivery, providing vitamin- and zinc-rich foods for children under two years old, and addressing the increasing prevalence of iron deficiency among urban women cannot be overstated.