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How does a lack of iron affect your body's ability to make red blood cells?

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If your iron level is too low, you could have anemia. This means you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to transport oxygen to your organs and tissues.

From: What is an Iron Blood Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Iron Tests: The Test."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Iron Tests: The Test Sample."

Mayo Clinic: "Anemia: Overview."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Iron-Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed?"

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Ferritin (Iron): What It Is."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 19, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Iron Tests: The Test."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Iron Tests: The Test Sample."

Mayo Clinic: "Anemia: Overview."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Iron-Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed?"

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Ferritin (Iron): What It Is."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 19, 2018

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