Even if you don't have full-blown anemia, low iron levels can be a cause of fatigue. So researchers looked at what would happen if they gave either 80mg of elemental iron or a placebo to women with borderline low iron who complained of fatigue. . . .

At the end of the twelve week study, they found that fatigue went down by nearly 50% in the women who got the iron compared to a decline of only 29% in the women who got the placebo.

So, if you are low in energy, get your iron levels checked and consider taking iron supplements.

(CMAJ 2012;doi:10.1503/cmaj.110950)




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