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<P> CHICAGO, March 25 (UPI) -- A government study has found about one in
10 toddlers, young girls and women of childbearing age do not get enough
iron in their diets.</P>
<P> The study of more than 24,000 people appears today (Tuesday) in the
Journal of the American Medical Association. The rates found in the
study suggest about 700,000 toddlers and 7.8 million women in the United
States are short on iron. Of these, perhaps 240,000 toddlers and 3.3
million women have such a severe problem they suffer from iron
deficiency anemia.</P>
<P> Co-author of the report Anne Looker points out the recommended
dietary allowances for iron are 10 milligrams a day for toddlers and 15
milligrams a day for girls and women aged 11 to 50. Without this much
iron, toddlers fail to learn normally and adults can find their energy
faltering and their immune systems failing, among other ills.</P>
<P> Looker, from the National Center for Health Statistics, reports iron
deficiencies in about 7 percent of people older than 50. No more than 1
percent of teenage boys and young men are low on iron.</P>
<P> She does not see evidence for the opposite problem -- too much iron --
unless people suffer from a genetic vulnerability to iron overload
disease. This disorder strikes about one in 200 people. After years
without symptoms, their bodies may build up so much iron they develop a
high risk of diabetes, arthritis and liver disease. Their skin can even
turn a bronze color from all the stored iron. If people catch the risk
early, they can prevent damage.</P>
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