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Could I still have anemia if I eat meat?

Could I still have anemia if I eat meat?

Yes: There are many causes of anemia and deficiency of iron is only one of them. If you get enough iron and are anemic, you need a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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If i eat meat is it still possible to have anemia?

If i eat meat is it still possible to have anemia?

yes: Depends on type of anemia. Meat may provide iron, but other types of anemia require other foods or vitamins. Check with your md to see what you need to solve your anemia problem. Check for blood in bowel movements or urine with your doctor. ...Read more

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If i don't eat red meat, could this cause anemia? I have all the symptoms...

If i don't eat red meat, could this cause anemia? I have all the symptoms...

Potentially yes: Iron and B12 are in red meat as well as many other nutrients. If you have symptoms of anemia, it's best to see your doctor to have a simple blood test to rule it out. If you are in-deed anemic, then getting your iron, b12, folic acids, etc. Would be a good follow-up blood test. ...Read more

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How do u know if u have anemia i don't eat meat and i feel weak and tired most of the time.. I don't eat a lot either and get bad pains in my side?

Blood test: You need a blood test to check but the fatigue sounds like you might be. Additionally i assume you get monthly periods - that is a major cause of anemia. ...Read more

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I think I have anemia because I don't eat red meat. Do all non-meat-eaters need blood check for anemia?

I think I have anemia because I don't eat red meat. Do all non-meat-eaters need blood check for anemia?

Anemia and meat: No. Most people get sufficient iron from other sources. Young women can become anemic from heavy menstruation, but young men generally do not become anemic whether they eat red meat or do not. ...Read more

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What can cause anemia? Do sport almost everyday. In a blood test had low iron just had another test to confirm it. Eat varied diet inc carbs meat&veg

Find the cause: Low serum iron, correct? It may be something as simple as heavy periods, or you may be losing blood from an ulcer or tumor. Your physician has a duty to you to figure out what's going on; many young women can't meet a woman's extra need for iron just with meat-eating though this is your easiest source for iron. ...Read more

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Could I have anemia from not eating any vegetables and meat therefore having little iron in my diet?

Of course this is: Possible. Fe is needed for hemoglobin production. Without adequate fe intake, you can't efficiently produce hemoglobinized red cells and you can become anemic with time. Being female, you also have a monthly blood loss, provided you're using placebos. Often fe deficiency anemia develops slowly, so your anemia can be significant before symptoms develop. If concerned, check with your physician. ...Read more

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I have anemia and I do not like eating meat at all. I don't like the taste. What should I do?

Green leafy veggies: There are other foods rich in iron (kale, spinach. Etc.) that you could consume. Depending on your degree of iron deficiency, you may need to take pills containing iron (more than what you would obtain in a multivitamin). Iron absorption is helped by good vit c intake. That being said, there are other causes of anemia that won't be helped by iron at all; you need to really know why you are anemic. ...Read more

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How can I fix my anemia and hypothyroidism? Doctor said I can't have red meat soy or eggs because of thyroid but I need something to keep iron up

How can I fix my anemia and hypothyroidism? Doctor said I can't have red meat soy or eggs because of thyroid but I need something to keep iron up

Get another doctor: You need to get with a different physician at least for a second opinion. You either misunderstood or were misinformed, and this is extremely serious business. Diet isn't a factor in hypothyroidism. Anemia needs a proper workup unless it's clearly iron deficiency from monthly loss. If not properly managed, either will cost you your health and perhaps your life. ...Read more

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