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B12

Discussion in 'Health' started by Evee, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Evee

    Evee New Member

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    I've been vegitarian for about a year and a half and vegan for another year and a half. Recently I've been feeling really dizzy and nauseated. I don't take B12 supplements but I just ordered some. I don't know if I should go see a doctor and ask for blood tests. What should I do I'm scared that I could have anemia and that they'll discourage me from being vegan if something is really wrong with me. Has anyone experiencd this? If so how did it go?
     
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    amberfunk Active Member

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    It could be a number of things. If you are eating foods fortified with b12 I doubt that's the problem. What have you been eating? It could be that you're not eating enough, you're dehydrated, you have a cold, you could be pregnant, etc. Also anemia has to do with low iron and not b12.
     
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    Lou Active Member

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    If you are feeling sick you should see a doctor. It might not even be diet related. You could be pregnant, or have HIV, or cancer, or an infection, or Legionnaires. You could have anemia. Many non-vegans get that too. Especially females.

    An iron test is super simple. You can even get a kit that does it at home for like $20. or even better go donate blood. They always test your iron before they draw blood. I go give blood every other month. And I am always borderline anemic - even before I was vegetarian.

    Taking an iron and a vitamin supplement is the easiest solution. Iron in really large doses can be toxic but your body does a pretty good job of excreting excess iron. Even tho I'm borderline anemic, iron supplements don't agree with me. so I just take a multi with a little iron and make sure I eat good stuff like dark greens and beans. (and apricots).
     

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