Iron abnormalities can be categorized into too much or too little. Both can be dangerous. In children, iron poisoning can be fatal. In adults, excess iron is linked to cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's and liver disease. Iron may be difficult to absorb, but it should never be taken as a supplement unless you have been diagnosed with a deficiency. Use this quiz to determine your levels of iron but consult with your doctor before starting any iron supplements. For menstruating or anemic women, this may be especially beneficial. 

Each of the following is worth one point. Which of the following apply to you? 

1. chronic fatigue 

2. lack of appetite 

3. spoon shaped (scooped) nails. 

4. confusion 

5. memory loss 

6. lightheadedness or dizziness 

7. rapid heartbeat after minimal exercise 

8. inflamed and/or sore tongue 

9. irritability 

10. chronic headaches 

11. fragile bones 

12. difficulty swallowing 

13. brittle hair and/or nails 

14. depression 

15. constipation 

16. paleness of the skin, especially facial skin 

17. sensitivity to cold 

18. shortness of breath 

19. tingling in fingers or toes 

20. sores on the inside of or around the mouth 

21. vertical ridges on the fingernails 

22. hair loss, especially in females 

23. cravings for cold water and/or ice 

24. Do you take antacids on a regular basis? 

25. Do you drink three or more cups of black or green tea on a regular basis? 

26. Do you have rheumatoid arthritis? 

27. Are you anemic? 

28. Have you suffered from heavy menstrual flow for a prolonged time span? 

29. Do you take aspirin and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on a daily basis?

Your score: ______

1-6 points: Marginal or no iron deficiency. 

7-12 points: Mild iron deficiency. 

13-19 points: Moderate iron deficiency. 

20 and above: Severe iron deficiency. 

Reversing iron deficiency is possible through diet!  Our Registered Dietitians can help you make a lasting healthy lifestyle change that can reverse nutritional deficiencies.  We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.  Call or contact us below to verify your nutrition benefits and get started on a personal nutrition program!

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(Killip, 2007)

(Qiang & Eaton, 2002)

(Fraga, 2002) 

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