10% Of Latinas Suffer From…
Hispanic-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.