Where is iron deficiency anemia most common?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Iron deficiency anemia is prevalent in geographic locations where little meat is in the diet. Many of these locations have sufficient dietary inorganic iron to equal the iron content in persons residing in countries in which meat is eaten. However, heme iron is more efficiently absorbed than inorganic food iron. Folic acid deficiency occurs among people who consume few leafy vegetables. Coexistence of iron and folic acid deficiency is common in developing nations.


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