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Anemia in the College-age Population

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By Zachariah Scott, Viterbo Nursing Student

Diet is a popular topic of conversation around campus. It is widely known that diet practices among the college-age population have not been the best, with financial means, time constraints, stress, and healthy food options as contributing factors. These diet practices have been shown to contribute to health vulnerabilities in this population. Iron deficiency anemia is one example. There are many symptoms of anemia that affect the health, performance, and overall well-being of students. These symptoms include flattened brittle nails, dizziness, fatigue after physical activity, glossitis, tinnitus, headache, frequent minor infections, shortness of breath, taste disturbance, ice cravings, and angular stomatitis (Shoaib et al, 2014).