TRUE Women need more than twice as much iron daily as men do – 18 milligrams versus 8, says Carol L’Otis, M.D., a sports- medicine physician in Portland, Oregon. If your periods are very heavy, you’re at increased risk for a deficiency. Symptoms include fatigue and weakness, although those with a mild case may have no signs.
A severe deficiency, or anaemia, may cause fainting and dizziness. To prevent this, eat iron-rich foods daily, including red meat, fortified cereals, dried apricots and green leafy vegetables. Also talk to your M.D. about getting your red-blood-cell count and iron level tested.