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Prevalence of iron deficiency in perimenopausal women-Expert consensus publication, P&G health
Lately, a study published in 2011 highlighted how Anemia among perimenopausal women has risen from 48% to 54%, within the last five years. Studies analyzing the impact of prevalence of iron deficiency in perimenopausal age group in India is sparse. Therefore, a study conducted previously also showed how on an average, 78-88% peri-menopausal women across various states in India reported prevalence of iron deficiency anemia.
This study that I am talking about is published in the national journal of Obstetrics & Genecology- "Indian Journal of Obstetrics and Genecology Research" that reports the concerns of the iron deficiency. Through this consensus publication, researchers have aimed to understand more about Iron Deficiency in Indian peri-menopausal women and through the exercise, raise awareness on the critical nature of this issue. More importantly, this publication wanted to identify iron deficiency before occurrence of iron deficiency anemia, which is crucial to receiving timely treatment.
Highlight few points which the consensus laid stress on-
1. Lack of iron reserves and compromised hemoglobin levels in the body is a major reason for mood swings and impaired cognitive function especially in young women.
2. Iron being a very important element has a significant impact on general health as symptoms of anemia are well known and quality of life, hence must be considered the major health problem among women.
3. Premenopausal women were tested to have low cognitive function, with poorer attention skills, learning and memory when compared to non anemic patients.
4. The expert panel came to a common agreement for consensus generation that the zinc and iron supplements are the best way of management and therpeuatic response in treating this major health issue, i.e Iron deficiency.
5. Several studies and empirical clinical evidence also have been favor of iron supplements as they improve cognitive function regardless of the patients being iron deficient or not.
So the researchers in conclusion hope that this might help in controlling the increasing levels of pre menopausal anemia. The consensus will help to standardize care, provide guidance on screening and treatment of iron deficiency anemia in perimenopausal women and the iron supplements are best way to achieve it.
Reference: High prevalence of Iron deficiency in Peri-menopausal Women - Expert Consensus Publication; Expert Consensus Publication, supported by P&G Health.
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