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In early September of this year, my annual exam declared me anemic.
Blood tests revealed that my hemoglobin was only 11.4 g/dl when 12.1 g/dl to 15.1 g/dl is ideal for women 18 and up.
I was really worried about my low iron levels, because I was eating more protein than I did as a young adult.
Then I found out that blood donors are at higher risk for anemia. And I had donated blood on July 9th.
Here's a related statement from the NIH page "Dietary Supplements Fact Sheet: Iron":
"Frequent blood donors have an increased risk of iron deficiency. In the United States, adults may donate blood as often as every 8 weeks, which can deplete iron stores. About 25%-35% of regular blood donors develop iron deficiency."