Seniors should tackle iron deficiency

From Issue: 
Vol LIV No. 3, July 2010

Poor nutrition, perhaps due to loss of appetite, bad teeth or lower fixed incomes can lead to lower iron levels in seniors.

Inadequate absorption or insufficient utilization, perhaps due to side effects of medications, high alcohol consumption or chronic disease, can also lead to an even higher iron requirement.

Symptoms of iron deficiency in seniors include decreased cognitive function, dizziness, and apathy. Other symptoms of iron deficiency may include decreased ability to concentrate, increased frequency of infection, paleness, dark circles under the eyes, brittle hair and nails, shortness of breath, restless legs, and cold hands and feet.

Iron deficiency is the first step towards anemia, and anemia is a big problem in seniors. Up to 44 per cent of seniors are anemic, which increases after age 65 and sharply rises after 85.

“Pick up on the iron deficiency before anemia develops, and it is safer to treat and easier to correct,” says Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink, a licensed naturopathic physician and registered midwife. “A serum ferritin test is the best way to identify iron deficiency.”

A healthy diet coupled with the use of a high-quality liquid iron deficiency prevention product will help symptoms to diminish. Iron-rich foods include leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, or even seaweed, as well as raisins, prunes, apricots, lean meats and eggs.

“For years, I have recommended Salus Floradix,” notes Dr. Carlson-Rink. “Floradix is a liquid iron supplement that is plant-based, so it does not lead to iron overload, and is also additive and preservative free.”

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