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Am J Dis Child. 1992 Jul;146(7):803-5.

Iron state in female adolescents.

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Institute of Haematology, E. Wolfson Hospital, Holon and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To document a subjective response to iron therapy in female adolescents.

DESIGN:

Double-blind, placebo-controlled prospective study.

SETTING:

High school classes in an urban community in Israel.

PARTICIPANTS:

Twenty-nine girls, aged 16 and 17 years, who ingested syrup containing iron (daily for 2 months) and 30 girls who received a placebo.

MAIN RESULTS:

By the end of the study, a statistically significant improvement in three subjective parameters, ie, lassitude, the ability to concentrate in school, and mood was reported by the girls who ingested iron compared with the controls. Sixty-five percent, 100%, and 65% of the girls, respectively, who reported improvement in the above-mentioned parameters were hypoferremic initially and became normoferremic by the end of the study.

CONCLUSION:

Iron supplementation may be of benefit to female adolescents, as evidenced by their responses to subjective parameters.

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