Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “MIDAS LIVES“ to remember about the Risk Factors For Iron Deficiency Anemia
M – Menstrual Blood Loss: Excessive menstrual bleeding can deplete iron stores.
I – Inadequate Dietary Intake: A diet low in iron-rich foods can lead to deficiency.
D – Digestive Disorders: Conditions like celiac disease and gastritis can impair iron absorption.
A – Aging: Elderly individuals are at a higher risk due to decreased iron absorption efficiency.
S – Surgery or Blood Loss: Surgeries and frequent blood donations can reduce iron levels.
L – Low Meat Consumption: Vegetarians and vegans may have lower iron intake.
I – Inflammatory Conditions: Chronic inflammation can affect iron utilization.
V – Vegetarian Diet: Plant-based diets may lack heme iron, which is more easily absorbed.
E – Excessive Exercise: Intense physical activity can increase iron requirements.
S – Stomach Ulcers: Peptic ulcers can cause slow, chronic blood loss.