Date: March 3
Time: 11 a.m. - noon (Central time)
A prevalent, undiagnosed deficiency is plaguing our nation. Pervasive and linked to myriad health conditions, iron deficiency without anemia (IDWA) affects billions of people worldwide. Routine hematological tests are within normal limits. Identifying and treating the problem readily doesn’t occur even though human functioning and well-being are being challenged. Iron level influences oxygen storage and transport and is a cofactor for several enzymes that catalyze over 180 biochemical reactions needed for brain function, energy metabolism, immune function, and thyroid production. IDWA reduces the activity of these enzymes placing individuals at risk for multiple health problems. Nutrition professionals are perfectly positioned to increase awareness of IDWA and work towards finding solutions for prevention, identification, and treatment of this common nutrient deficit.
CPE Level: 1
Performance Indicators: 8.1, 10.2, 12.1
- Apply the latest science to effectively identify and help at-risk populations decrease their risk of IDWA, become aware of symptoms and the health implications, and effectively communicate with their healthcare providers.
- Provide recommendations to healthcare providers and individuals regarding proper testing, utilization of science-based cut-offs in conjunction with symptoms, and how best to treat IDWA with diet, supplements, and in certain cases, iron infusions.
- Find effective ways to advocate for change in healthcare, public heath, and private practice to prevent and identify IDWA.
Maryann Jacobsen, MS, RDN
Maryann Jacobsen is a family nutrition expert and best-selling author. Through her unique writing style, she helps families develop a healthy relationship with food utilizing evidence-based strategies. She is co-author of Fearless Feeding and author of My Body's Superpower, From Picky to Powerful, The Family Dinner Solution, How to Raise a Mindful Eater and What Does Your Tummy Say? Maryann is host of The Healthy Family Podcast and blogs at MaryannJacobsen.com.