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Are You Meeting Your Body’s Iron Needs?: Shutterstock.comWomen are more susceptible to anemia or iron deficiency...

Are You Meeting Your Body’s Iron Needs?: Shutterstock.comWomen are more susceptible to anemia or iron deficiency...

Are You Meeting Your Body’s Iron Needs? By Pip Taylor Published 1 hour ago comments Tweet Share Share Print Shutterstock.com Q: As a female triathlete, how do my iron needs differ from non-athletes and men? A: How much iron you should be taking in varies for everyone. Absorption and loss rates differ, and issues such as gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome may mean that nutrients, including iron, are not absorbed. Women are more susceptible to anemia or iron deficiency than men. Thus iron recommendations are higher for women, especially those of childbearing age. The general recommendation for women is 18mg per day. Teenage males should be getting 10mg, while adult males (and post-menopausal women) need 8mg. Iron is an essential component of the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin (in red blood cells) and myoglobin (in muscle cells). So a deficiency in iron mean...

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