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Is fatigue a symptom of iron deficiency?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Find out if an iron deficiency is making you feel tired and sluggish with one easy at-home test! In this video, Dr. Oz shows how to see if you have low iron and what iron rich foods you can add to your diet.
Fatigue can be a symptom of iron deficiency because iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which is when your body doesn't have enough red blood cells. These are important cells in carrying oxygen throughout the body, so if you don't have enough of them, this can lead to many symptoms including, but not limited to, weakness, fatigue, lack of stamina, headache, irritability and shortness of breath with exercise. Other signs may include rapid heart beat, brittle fingernails, cracked lips and a sore tongue.

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