Anemia is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, affecting one-third of all women of reproductive age. 1,2

It is estimated that 10 million people in the United States are iron deficient with 5 million of them having iron deficiency anemia. 1

Untreated iron deficiency anemia can lead to further complications:3-8

  • Premature birth during pregnancy
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Lower mental and physical development in children
  • Decreased cognitive performance and depression
  • Increased cognitive decline and dementia in the elderly
  • Decreased quality of life.

Because iron deficiency anemia is frequently a consequence of other diseases and inflammatory conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it can often be neglected or underestimated.4

Medical costs for patients with anemia are as much as twice those for nonanemic patients with the same medical conditions.9

1. Miller JL. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2013;3(7)
2. World Health Organization. Iron Deficiency Anaemia: Assessment, Prevention and Control. 2001
Chang YL, et al. PLoS One. 2013;8(12):e82952Camaschella C. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(19):1832-43
4. Camaschella C. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(19):1832-43
5. Sachdev HPS, et al. Public Health Nutr. 2005;8(2):117-132
6. Murray-Kolb LE, et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;85(3):778-787
7. Andro M, et al. Eur J Neurol. 2013;20(9):1234-1240
8. Thein M, et al. Medicine (Baltimore). 2009;88(2):107-114
9. Nissenson AR, et al. J Manag Care Pharm. 2005;11(7):565-574

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