Prevalence of Iron Deficiency Anemia among Nursing Students in St Theresa International (Health Promoting) College

Sittisingh U


As iron deficiency anemia (IDA) decreases learning ability and increases infectious diseases. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of IDA among 1st year students in Faculty of Nursing in St Theresa International (Health Promoting) College and to study the association of IDA with respect to
infectious diseases, food frequency consumption, blood loss due to menstruation and Body Mass Index (BMI) using weight and height for calculation. The study was a cross – sectional study which was conducted during the annual physical examination at the college. A total number of 64 students were
recruited in this study. A self administered questionnaire concerning IDA related an issue was distributed to each of the students. The prevalence of IDA (Hb<12 g/dL) was 23.4%. It was statistically significant difference between IDA and students’ body weight (p< 0.05). It was also noticeable that the anemic
students have less regular menstruation, duration days of menstruation and days of heavy blood loss compared to the non-anemic students.


iron deficiency anemia; body’s weight; student

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