Why would someone care about Iron Testing? Iron deficiency can cause many health problems but so can having too much iron.
Let’s begin with iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency and the #1 cause of anemia in the United States. Many problems with anemia can occur during pregnancy. A lack of iron can cause pre-term babies. It may delay normal infant motor function. It may also cause extreme fatigue in adults. Women tend to have iron deficiency more often than men due to menstruation.
Men often have a problem of getting too much iron. Some reasons iron may increase is by taking supplement, having a blood transfusion, eating large amounts of red meat, living in high population polluted areas. Too much iron can lead to liver failure, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and premature death. It is important to be careful when supplementing and to get your iron tested on an annual basis.