FEMALE ATHLETES TEND TO IRON DEFICIENCY
Landahl, G., Borjesson, M., & Rodjer, S. (2003). Iron deficiency and anemia: A common problem among junior athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 35(5), Supplement abstract 692.
Senior high school athletes (N = 247; 16-19 yr) underwent blood tests to measure hemoglobin, serum-iron, serum-total iron binding capacity, and serum-ferritin. Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia were determined.
Iron deficiency was seen in 55% of women and 11% of men. Only 3% of the total population exhibited iron deficiency anemia.
Implication. Iron deficiency is common among serious female athletes. The measurement of HB alone is insufficient for detecting deficiency.
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