Health with Dr. Paula: Billions affected by iron deficiency anemia

VIDEO: Health with Dr. Paula: Billions affected by iron deficiency anemia

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide, affecting 1.6 billion people.

The highest prevalence of anemia is in Pre-K aged children, but several groups are still at a high risk including:

  • Women who menstruate
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • People who have undergone major surgery
  • People with gastrointestinal diseases
  • Vegetarians or vegans

Dr. Paula says that iron is a mineral and an essential nutrient, which means that it must be eaten, the body does not make iron on its own.

Some foods that are high in iron include:

  • Spinach, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables
  • Pinto beans and legumes
  • Quinoa
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Fortified cereals, like Frosted Flakes

You can watch the full segment with Dr. Paula Walker-King in the video above.

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