What will happen if your iron count stays low?
Laura Garrett (Prosper, TX) on Sep 29, 2011
Over a prolonged period of time, low iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms include lack of energy, shortness of breath, irritability, headache, dizziness, or weight loss (not desirable weight loss). To put this in basic terms, your body is not able to transfer oxygen efficiently - that's bad and especially unhelpful to an exercising body. The best sources of iron include: Dried beans Dried fruits Eggs (especially egg yolks) Iron-fortified cereals Liver Lean red meat (especially beef) Oysters Poultry, dark red meat Salmon Tuna Whole grains Read more at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002422.htm
Carolyn Brown (New York, NY) on Sep 20, 2011
Initially the symptoms of a low iron count may be mild or unnoticeable. If left untreated, over time your iron count can drop further and cause a condition called iron-deficiency anemia. Physical symptoms worsen with continued depletion and typically include chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, and decreased immune response. In severe cases, anemia can lead to heart complications. In children, low iron levels can result in slow growth, developmental delay and other mental and behavioral issues.