30% of the population has anemia, and among the main causes iron deficiency is one of the most frequent. After the age of 65, the risk of developing this nutritional deficiency increases. Iron is mostly found in the blood in the form of hemoglobin, which serves to transport oxygen to vital organs, enabling them to function normally. If we have a reduction in iron, we will be faced with the typical clinical picture of anemia.

The symptoms of this nutritional deficit are similar to the general signs of aging, but what may lead to suspicion is conjunctival pallor, as well as worsening of the underlying disease or condition, such as heart failure, memory impairment and dizziness.

Otherwise, the most common symptoms of iron deficiency in the body in older people are – pale skin, general weakness, rapid fatigue, irritability, decreased concentration and memory, poor appetite, and cold extremities. In order not to attribute such signs to general signs of stress, a blood test should be performed. The most reliable is to do an analysis of ferritin, which is an iron depot in the liver.

The causes of this condition in the elderly population are mostly due to reduced iron intake, but it can also occur due to bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract and the destruction of erythrocytes due to some other diseases.

If we do not compensate iron, folate, vitamin B, older people will have less strength to move, they will be less independent, there will be depression and worsening of the basic disease, so it is important to act on time.

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