By Anna Hazard
World Map of Iron Deficiency Anemia Per Country - World Health Organization (WHO) - CC 2.5 License
Data from Mortality and Burden of Disease estimates for WHO member states in 2002 (2009-11-07)
Red = Highest, Light Yellow = Lowest, Gray = No Data Available
Seniors may find themselves becoming iron deficient by consuming less iron naturally in their diet (further aggravated by low intake of Vitamin C or high intake of calcium) as well as their bodies not absorbing it as efficiently anymore due to interactions with medication & chronic diseases such as celiac disease or hyper/hypothyroidism.
Bleeding caused by ulcers/injury/surgery may also lead to further deficiencies. Vegans & vegetarians are more likely to suffer from Iron deficiency as plant based iron (non-heme) is not as readily available to the body as the Iron found in animal products.
Also keep in mind that Iron is best absorbed from food when taken in the company of
Vitamin C and less efficiently absorbed with tea, coffee, or calcium rich foods.
Daily Recommended Dosage
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Heme Iron (Animal Byproducts)