Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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Bridges, K. R. 2001. Iron Deficiency. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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Iron deficiency is a leading cause of anaemia, affecting more than half a billion people worldwide. Depletion of iron stores precedes impaired production of iron-containing proteins, most importantly haemoglobin. The two important stages of iron deficiency are: (1) depletion of iron stores without anaemia, and (2) depletion of iron stores with anaemia.