How long after going vegetarian might iron deficiency anemia occur?

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.

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How long after turning vegetarian might iron deficiency anemia start to show up?

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 more...
Hopefully never. Humans have no way of getting iron out of our systems except blood loss; we regulate iron by how much we absorb in our small bowel. If someone is not losing a significant amount of blood (we all lose a little) legumes, broccoli and kale should enable a vegetarian to remain adequately iron saturated. We absorb iron slowly, but store it very well, allowing most to go years even without fe absorption. Read more...

How dangerous can iron deficiency anemia get?

"Dead" serious. Neglecting it can cost your your life -- the heart fails. And neglecting the underlying cause -- which can be a stomach ulcer, cancer, malabsorption, or even an ill-advised diet -- can be a lethal mistake as well. Be smart. Read more...

What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

Anemia. Your hemoglobin will go down, and you will end up requiring blood transfusions. Usually there is an underlying problem causing the anemia (most commonly from the intestines or the bone marrow), and this needs to be sorted out. Read more...

Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Pagophagia. The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. Read more...

What is the difference between iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia?

Matter of degree. When iron intake is inadequate for a prolonged period, iron storage in body is depleted. This is called iron deficient state. When this iron deficient state continues and iron store is further depleted, anemia develops, namely iron deficiency anemia. Read more...
Iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is the lack of iron in the body. When the level of iron is so low that hemoglobin cannot be produced, then you develop anemia: iron deficiency anemia. This is the simplified explanation. Read more...