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Who is at risk for iron deficiency?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Iron deficiency is a condition seen almost exclusively in premenopausal women, growing children, people who have ulcers or cancers that cause bleeding into their gastrointestinal tract and subsequent tarry black stool, trauma victims, postsurgical patients, and occasionally vegetarians. Men and postmenopausal women are at the lowest risk of iron deficiency.

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