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How long after turning vegetarian might anemia develop?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: It shouldn't

You should not develop anemia as a vegetarian.
Be certain to get the right amount of iron and b vitamins. If your foods do not contain the right amounts, you should take vitamin supplements.

In brief: It shouldn't

You should not develop anemia as a vegetarian.
Be certain to get the right amount of iron and b vitamins. If your foods do not contain the right amounts, you should take vitamin supplements.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: You can prevent it

If you're a pure vegan- you are at risk to develop vit B12 deficiency.
It'll take a few years to develop vit B12 deficiency anemia from being a pure vegan.You should take vit B12 supplement to make sure you are not deficient.If you still eat egg & milk- you can have some vit B12 from them-however may not be sufficient. Get supplement. Use B12 fortified food and look for cyanocobalamine on the label.

In brief: You can prevent it

If you're a pure vegan- you are at risk to develop vit B12 deficiency.
It'll take a few years to develop vit B12 deficiency anemia from being a pure vegan.You should take vit B12 supplement to make sure you are not deficient.If you still eat egg & milk- you can have some vit B12 from them-however may not be sufficient. Get supplement. Use B12 fortified food and look for cyanocobalamine on the label.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Hopefully it won't

Because your question tell me that you're smart enough to supplement.
You're going to need iron and vitamin B12, and likely vitamin D, calcium, and a few others. Vegetarianism is the moral high ground and you actually can embrace it without ruining your health as so many of its adherents do. Get advice from a veg-friendly evidence-based physician or dietician.

In brief: Hopefully it won't

Because your question tell me that you're smart enough to supplement.
You're going to need iron and vitamin B12, and likely vitamin D, calcium, and a few others. Vegetarianism is the moral high ground and you actually can embrace it without ruining your health as so many of its adherents do. Get advice from a veg-friendly evidence-based physician or dietician.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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