Saturday, January 22, 2011

Iron deficiency anemia - some stats

ACSM Conference Highlights new research:

Iron-deficiency anemia in the general population of men is 2%. However, in cross country and distance runners 18-22 years of age, 21% were deficient.

For women, the percentage of iron deficiency anemia in the general population is 14%. However, 50% of female athletes are iron deficient.

For more information about iron deficiency anemia see my previous post on "Iron for Performance" dated October 14, 2010.


  1. Our 14-year old daughter who is a cross-country runner has a serum ferritin level of 11 and is experiencing extreme fatigue. Doctors around here (WA) don't seem to know about iron depletion. Can we ask you some questions? Is there a way to contact you?


  2. good blog :) here's more info on anemia if required