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.