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No, the two terms are not the same. Anemia is caused by insufficient levels of hemoglobin, whereas a lack of iron causes iron deficiency.
It's possible to have an iron deficiency while maintaining a normal hemoglobin level despite your body being deficient in iron. However, a person with iron deficiency anemia has neither sufficient levels of hemoglobin nor iron. It's important to note that anemia can also be caused by issues other than iron imbalance, such as blood loss, inflammation, and certain health conditions.
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