- Women are more likely than men to have anemia because of the loss of blood each month through menstruation. Iron deficiency anemia is common
- Anemia can also be due to gastrointestinal bleeding caused by medications including such very common drugs as aspirin and ibuprofen.
- In infants and young children, iron deficiency anemia is most often due to a diet lacking iron.
- Folate deficiency can be the culprit and be the basis of anemia
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