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.

⚡Mnemonic⚡: Risk Factors For Iron Deficiency Anemia

Dr. Arin Nandi

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