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First stage of iron deficiency:

 # Which is the first stage of iron deficiency? 
a. Negative iron balance 
b. Decreased iron stores 
c. Decrease MCV 
d. Decrease in Hemoglobin



The correct answer is A. Negative Iron Balance.

“Negative iron balance” describes a state in which body iron content is decreasing, secondary to relative decreases in iron intake and/or relative increases in iron losses. Over time, negative iron balance can progress to functional and absolute iron deficiency and anemia.

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