Week 7 Discussion NURS 6501 Iron Deficiency Anemia Iron is essential in maintaining many body functions, including the production of hemoglobin, the molecule in your blood that carries oxygen. (American Society of Hematology, 2016). Iron from the food you eat is absorbed into the body by the cells in the gastrointestinal tract; the body only absorbs a small fraction of the iron you ingest (American Society of Hematology, 2016). Iron is recyclable, and the body maintains a balance with iron and hemoglobin that is stored in the body for future use (Huether & McCance, 2012). Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common type of anemia (Huether & McCance, 2012). IDA occurs in three stages: Stage I is when the body’s iron stores are depleted; Stage II occurs when not enough iron is transported to the bone marrow; and Stage III begins when hemoglobin- deficient cells replace healthy cells in circulation (Huether & McCance, 2012). Pregnancy and a continuous loss of blood are the most common causes of IDA (Huether & McCance, 2012). Men
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