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Im 20 years old and doc ordered test due to feeling bad. results say my vitiman d is 14 and my red blood cell count is 5.28. are those oddly low/high?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
B 12 is low: Experts recommend a B 12 between 50 and 80 for optimal health. Please see your doc. If you supplement w/B 12 please use the sublingual (under the tongue) type for maximum effectiveness. Your doc will tell you more about your red blood count. Peace and good health.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your vitamin D level is lower than desirable and you should discuss taking a supplement, with your doctor. Regarding RBC, need more information, especially hemoglobin level. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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