what is iron deficiency anemia?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), non-pregnant adult women with a hemoglobin below 12 g/dL are defined as anemic, whereas for adult men this level is below 13 g/dL.1

Iron is used to produce red blood cells, which help store and carry oxygen in the blood. Iron deficiency anemia occurs when there are fewer red blood cells than normal in circulation due to a lack of body iron stores or useable iron. As a result, iron deficiency anemia prevents your organs and tissues from getting as much oxygen as they usually would.1

Iron deficiency is thought to be the most common cause of anemia, although other nutritional deficiencies (eg. folic acid and vitamin B12), inflammation, parasitic infections, and disorders that affect hemoglobin or red blood cell production, can also cause anemia. 1

At Pharmacosmos Therapeutics, we want to change the way iron deficiency anemia is treated

1. World Health Organization. WHO guideline on use of ferritin concentrations to assess iron status in individuals and population. 2020

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