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Am J Clin Nutr. 1984 Mar;39(3):437-45.

Prevalence and causes of anemia in the United States, 1976 to 1980.


We estimated the prevalence of anemia in the United States from the results of the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey ( NHANES II, 1976 to 1980). Reference ranges for Hb were first derived from 11,547 subjects in whom laboratory values for serum iron/iron-binding capacity, mean corpuscular volume, and erythrocyte protoporphyrin were all normal (greater than or equal to 16%, greater than or equal to 80 fl, and less than or equal to 75 micrograms/dl red blood cells, respectively). Using these reference standards, the prevalence of anemia (Hb values below the 95% reference range for age and sex) among the 15,093 subjects with complete laboratory results was highest in infants (5.7%), teenage girls (5.9%), young women (5.8%), and elderly men (4.4%). The pattern of laboratory abnormalities in anemic subjects indicated that iron deficiency predominated as a cause in infants and young women in contrast to inflammatory disease in the elderly.

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