The stomach is a muscular sac that is important for absorbing food and preparing food for further digestion.
Iron deficiency (also referred to as sideropenia or hypoferremia) is characterized by having low iron levels in the body. It is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies and also the main cause of anemia across the world. The terms iron deficiency; iron deficiency anemia and anemia are often used interchangeably. Iron deficiency can range from depletion in iron stores without any health concern to anemia due to iron deficiency, which may affect the normal functioning of multiple organs. Deficiency of iron in the body is a cause of concern because it may affect the normal activity and movement or mental function in infants; it may increase the risk of preterm labor in a pregnant female and it may lead to symptoms of fatigue and tiredness in adults, thereby impairing their ability to do physical labor. Iron deficiency may be caused due to either increased iron needs of the body or reduced iron intake or absorption.