Oral iron therapy reduced unexplained fatigue in nonanemic women with serum ferritin levels ≤ 50 μg/L: COMMENTARY

Becher, Lome A.
March 2004
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2004, Vol. 140 Issue 2, p43
Academic Journal
The article comments on a study conducted to examine the efficacy of iron therapy in reducing unexplained fatigue in non-anemic women. Iron is an important component in a number of proteins involved in oxidative processes and muscle functioning, and a recent review of animal and human research found some evidence that iron deficiency without anemia may lead to decreased physical functioning. The article raises some questions regarding the results of the study. The study did not report improvement rates, so numbers needed to treat cannot be calculated.


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