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Anemia is a decrease in the total amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood or a lowered ability of the blood to carry oxygen

24.8 percent of the global population is affected by anemia.

47.4 percent is the highest prevalence of anemia, found in preschool-age children.

12.7 percent is the lowest prevalence of anemia, found in men.

30.2 percent is the prevalence of anemia in non-pregnant women.

7.1 percent is the anemia prevalence in U.S. white women.

25.1 percent is the anemia prevalence in U.S. black women.

1 mg is the amount of iron lost per day in men and non-menstruating women.

< 2.5 percent is the additional amount of iron menstruating women lose per day.

700 mg is the amount of iron a pregnancy takes.

250 mg is the amount of iron contained in a 500 cc whole blood donation.

40 percent is the percent of iron-deficient vegans (19 to 50 years of age).

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Title Annotation:FAST FACTS
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2018
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