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Doctor insights on: Being A Temporary Vegetarian

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Is being a vegan a good idea?

Is being a vegan a good idea?

If done carefully: There is limited research but a careful vegan diet can be very healthy; vegan diets reduce risk of obesity, high blood pressure, lower cholesterol & likely reduce cancer risk. However, certain nutrients such as vitamin b12, carnitine, taurine & dha are difficult to obtain with a vegan diet so should be supplemented. See www.Vegetarian-nutrition.Info/updates/vegan-diets-pros-cons.Php for more info. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to be a vegetarian or a vegan?

Is it healthy to be a vegetarian or a vegan?

Moral choice: A vegetarian / vegan will need to supplement for adequate overall nutrition, but this is easy. The food isn't as good so you eat less and stay leaner. Despite all the huckstering, the big studies show no better or worse statistics for longevity or any category of disease when you control for other stuff. You get to claim the moral high ground. Your physician or dietician can guide you. Your choice ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a physically masculine woman wanting to lose weight benefit from men's diet products?

Might it be possible that a a physically masculine woman wanting to lose weight benefit from men's diet products?

Yes: The truth is that designating a weight-loss product as "for men" or "for women" is 99% advertising / marketing. The key to weight loss will always be calories-in and calories-out, the products work when combined with exercise and a low-calorie diet, a cheap vitamin-mineral tablet is probably more than enough, & lasting weight loss comes from lifestyle change. Glad you're doing this; good luck. ...Read more

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Changing from vegetarian to flexitarian because of anemia. Is that a good idea?

Changing from vegetarian to flexitarian because of anemia. Is that a good idea?

Yes: Eating a healthy balanced diet allows a full complement and variety of nutritional sources important in providing necessary minerals and vitamins that may be missing or lacking in certain strict vegetarian diets. Some potential deficiencies in vegans include calcium, iron, b12, and zinc. Iron and B12 are necessary for production of red blood cells to prevent anemia. ...Read more

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Can we lead to a healthier life by being a vegetarian ?

Can we lead to a healthier life by being a vegetarian ?

Reduced disease risk: A large body of research shows that vegetarian diets are "associated with lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less obesity & consequently less heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and mortality."-quoting from www.Vegetarian-nutrition.Info/updates/vegetarian_diets_health_benefits.Php/ vegetarians live longer. However, there is some debate about why- see my comment:. ...Read more

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Is there any benefits to being a vegetarian compared to not being one?

Yes: Studies show that eating a diet rich in whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables provides protection against chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a poor diet alone be enough to make someone suffer from a mental health disease?

Is it possible that a poor diet alone be enough to make someone suffer from a mental health disease?

Yes: If your diet is deficient in certain vitamins like thiamine or B12 or certain Amino Acids it can contribute to depression or other mental health issues but other stressors or genetic vulnerability is also very important. ...Read more

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Could you become a bodybuilder while on a vegetarian diet?

Could you become a bodybuilder while on a vegetarian diet?

Yes: Check out peta website thye have stories and tips about bodybuilding while on a vegetarian diet. ...Read more

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How is being on a low-calorie diet different from being anorexic?

How is being on a low-calorie diet different from being anorexic?

Anorexia = illness: Being on a low calorie diet = being on a diet that is low in calories. Anorexia nervosa = believing that one's body is abnormal contrary to perceptions of others (example: someone who is very thin insisting that he/she is too fat); obsessing about possibility of weight gain; insisting on being underweight, even if it is affecting his/her health severely. It can be a life-threatening illness. ...Read more

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Healthy living: can being a germaphobe be even more unhealthy than not being one? Disregarding physocological, mental, and social aspects, can the lack of antibodies be worse for you if a sickness is caught?

Healthy living: can being a germaphobe be even more unhealthy than not being one? Disregarding physocological, mental, and social aspects, can the lack of antibodies be worse for you if a sickness is caught?

Hotly debated.: No one knows the right answer. Too broad a question and evidence on both sides of fence. Since this is still hotly debated, the evidence must not be overwhelming either way. Growing up reasonably seems to have been good enough for most of us. For specific diseases one should be immunized. Avoid placing yourself at obvious risk from highly morbid and mortal disease. Don't sweat small stuff. ...Read more

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A dementia friend may be losing weight. Could this be a reason he is now being given food supplements such as ensure or muscle milk?

Dementia and Weight: As individuals progress in dementia, they begin to display deficits in memory and problems with their activities of daily living (i.e. Hygiene, grooming, feeding). In severe cases, individuals with dementia might forget to eat, clothe themselves, etc. So food supplements help dementia patients with their daily intake of protein/fat/calories/vitamins. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become a bodybuilder while a vegetarian?

Is it possible to become a bodybuilder while a vegetarian?

Yes, many have: There is nothing about a vegetarian diet that would be detrimental to bodybuilding and many successful bodybuilders are vegetarian. See http://www.Bodybuilding.Com/fun/vegetarian-bodybuilding.Htm and http://vegetarianbodybuilder.Com/index2.Html and http://www.Vegetarianbodybuilding.Org. ...Read more

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Is there a health risk for a long term vegetarian who start eating meat?

Is there a health risk for a long term vegetarian who start eating meat?

No: There is always a risk in following extreme diets of any kind but not in getting back to a normal dietary regimen. ...Read more

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Is eating meat occasionally actually healthier than being a strict vegetarian? Please advise!

Is eating meat occasionally actually healthier than being a strict vegetarian? Please advise!

Your preference: Strict vegetarians need to supplement for B12, iron, and several other basic nutrients. The big studies show no differences in longevity or any category of disease when you control for other factors. Vegetarians can claim the moral high ground. I'd encourage you to make your own food choices without criticizing others or allow them to criticize yours. ...Read more

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I'm a natural loner who enjoys being along. Is this weird or an acceptable lifestyle choice?

There are some: People who are relatively asocial. That isn't good nor is it bad. It just is. Knowing yourself is important. It is not weird and there isn't anything wrong with it. ...Read more

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I have been having a hard time keeping a good diet that tastes good to Lose weight as I have a rare version of chronic migraines which gains weight. ?

I have been having a hard time keeping a good diet that tastes good to Lose weight as I have a rare version of chronic migraines which gains weight.
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Migraines and weight: In addition to seeing your doc for your migraines, consider seeing a nutritionist. There is also a good food sensitivity lab test that can be helpful. Great Plains Lab in KS has one. Peace and good health. ...Read more