Kazakh National Commission for Women's Affairs points to iron deficiency among pregnant women

More than a quarter of pregnant women in the country faced this
Фото: Kazinform 28.07.2022 285

In Kazakhstan, 27% of pregnant women have iron deficiency. This circumstance was pointed out in social networks by the National Commission on Women's Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, El.kz reports.

The commission noted that such data is given by the Ministry of Health for 2020.

"It is important to note that, despite the fluctuations, on average, this proportion decreases over time. For example, from 2007 to 2011, the proportion of pregnant women who have anemia ranged from 37.8 to 41.7%," the publication says.

Iron deficiency in the body, or iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a pathological condition characterized by a decrease in the level of iron, leading to a decrease in the concentration of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood. According to the WHO, more than 2 billion people in the world have iron deficiency in the body.

The most common causes are an unbalanced diet, a decrease in the ability to absorb iron, regular blood loss.

The main risk group is vegetarians, people who adhere to strict diets, as well as the elderly - due to reducing the ability of the intestines to absorb iron.

Iron deficiency anemia is often diagnosed in children, adolescents and pregnant women, since their daily need for iron is higher than the average in the population.