Athletes Increased Risk for Iron Deficiency

Posted on Updated on

IMG_3929
@ Fort Niagara

An active female athlete involved in a rigorous training program has an increased risk for iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency is common with or without anemia, decreases performance for the athlete, and often is not detected on a standard blood test. The capacity to transport oxygen to the cells of the muscle via myoglobin is impaired (energy production is limited), which is vital for competition.

Male endurance athletes and vegetarian athletes may also be at an increased risk for iron deficiency. To ensure optimum iron stores, athletes should eat meals or snacks that contain adequate quantities of iron-rich foods.

-USDA Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamins and Elements.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s