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How Long After Turning Vegetarian Does Anemia Occur
Why askng?: Why do you take the risk? Take multivitamin therapeutic once or twice daily for prevention. Vitamin B12 is important, might need to take a shot 500-1000 mcg every 3-6 months. Vegetarian food leads t also iron and minerals..... The time taken to be anemic is ill-defined since it depends on the type and quality and quantity of the vegetarian food. Be smart. Be wise. Prevent anemia from happening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4-5 years: Pure vegans will develop vitamin B12 deficiency in 4-5 years if they do not take vitamin B12 supplements. It usually will take 4 years for the bone marrow to be completely depleted of viitamin b12, which ultimately will lead to anemia. Vitamin B12 is predominately found in meat products. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessary: Contrary to what you might have heard on tv or some "experts", you don't necessarily get iron deficient just because you're vegetarian. Lots of vegetables, beans, & fortified bread are loaded with iron. Many cultures survived millennia on little to no meat & many others with almost no red meat. It depends on the variety of your diet & medical conditions present. Plus there's iron in eggs & fish. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Man or woman?: Female vegetarians would tend to lose iron more quickly and become anemic due to monthly menstrual losses. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also lead to iron loss. "heme" sources of iron (animal iron) are more readily digested than "non-heme" iron found in grains and vegetables, but vegetarians can get enough iron in a diet to maintain health. More info: http://1.Usa.Gov/9mbfej. ...Read more
No: Anemia can occur for many reasons. If you are vegetarian, you need to make certain you get the vitamins and minerals that may be missing in your diet (if any) to prevent anemia due to lack of b vitamins, iron, etc. But this will not prevent anemia due to other causes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Fast or slow: It all depends (as with everything!) Ultimately one would die from lack of oxygen transport to the tissues of the body. If this comes in the form of a heart attack, it could be fast with a relatively-high hemoglobin (perhaps even 8 if you had severe heart disease). On the other hand, if anemia declines slowly over long time in young person, I have seen Hb of 3. ...Read more
Depends.: The normal hemoglobin is around 12-14 for women and 14-16 for men. Most people will not have symptoms if the hemoglobin is over 11. But many may have no symptoms at 9 or even 8, especially if the anemia came on slowly. There is a level below which people have symptoms and above which they don't, but it varies between people. Once the count comes up, symptoms should be gone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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