10% Of Latinas Suffer From…

A woman holding a bowl of saladHispanic-American women have double the prevalence for anemia compared to Caucasian women. The risk for anemia in adolescent girls is about 3%. Anemia is generally mild in young women, however, and is more likely to occur with one or more of the following conditions:

  • Heavy menstruation for longer than 5 days
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding, such as from fibroids
  • Pregnancy. About 20% of women in industrialized countries have iron deficiency during pregnancy. Multiple pregnancies and births significantly increase the risk.