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First blood sample after going veggie

Just got back from the doctor. I had my first blood test since becoming a vegetarian more than five months ago. My stats are great, while last year I had a really low iron count. Now it's perfect. My doctor said that my stats were exemplary and asked what I changed. He didn't really seem surprised when I told him, and he said keep at it. Now we personally have the medical evidence that being veggie is healthy and my family will have to stop bugging me.  ;D Just wanted to share! --Sahnie

Awesome! Good for you!

When my family went vegan, people were terrified for our (then unborn) baby. "She'll be anemic!" they cried. Wehn she got her 1+ year blood work, she had a higher hemoglobyn count than her (meat eating, endorsing) great grandmother.

She also attempted to say "hemoglobyn", which was awsome. (Heeblblbl-go-bin.)

Keep it up, and eat those dark leafy greens!

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Yay for healthy veggie eaters!
When I had surgery a while back the nurse said "wow, you have the best blood pressure of the day!"

Thank you vegan diet!

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That's great!

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I just got out of the hospital from surgery, and my doctors/nurses were AMAZED at how fast I recovered.  I springed back from anastesia in an hour and was walking around within 3.  Haha, as soon as i came to I ripped all the electrodes and oxygen crap off of me and declared: "i don't need this I am fine, take it off" 

GO us veggies!  we're strong!

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GO us veggies!  we're strong!

Strong like turnip!

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I just got out of the hospital from surgery, and my doctors/nurses were AMAZED at how fast I recovered.  I springed back from anastesia in an hour and was walking around within 3.  Haha, as soon as i came to I ripped all the electrodes and oxygen crap off of me and declared: "i don't need this I am fine, take it off" 

GO us veggies!  we're strong!

Hey AshleyKimball!  We have missed you!

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Go you guys!

Sadly even a high-iron veggie diet doesn't help my anaemia - looks like it's iron supplements and getting on with it for me  ;D

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I have to have blood tests every 3 months and I always get told keep doing whatever your doing. :)

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I lost a lot of blood in mid-May with my miscarriage and subsequent surgery. I still felt like I'd be hit by a car the next week and went back to see the doctor, they ran blood and my iron was still low, I was concerned (I had been trying so hard with the iron! Some of you may remember my posts) but they told me not to worry "even if you are a red-blooded, meat-eating, American, you're iron won't be back to normal range for 4 months" ...
Huh? Last I checked, vegans were still allowed citizenship and we are red-blooded.  ???

I took a new blood test July 2nd and things were already normal. :) 4 Months? Try 1 and a half!
GO Chickpeas!
Silly doctors...

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Go you guys!

Sadly even a high-iron veggie diet doesn't help my anaemia - looks like it's iron supplements and getting on with it for me  ;D

I'm not sure what kind of iron supplements you are planning on taking but for the record the Ferrous Sulfate that MD's will try and give you actually has a lower absorption than other forms of iron (which is why they give you 325mg of it!!).  I've been using Floradix Herbal Iron - not because I'm anemic but rather pregnant.  It tastes great and is made from things I can trust- like plants.  Hmmm, are you B12 deficient??  Maybe try a sublingual B12 (5mg) if you haven't already.  Not sure why you wouldn't be absorbing the iron from veggies...

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http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=15574.0

To aid iron absorption eat iron rich foods with Vitamin C rich foods
but avoid calcium. (Just in the same meal)

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Go you guys!

Sadly even a high-iron veggie diet doesn't help my anaemia - looks like it's iron supplements and getting on with it for me  ;D

I'm not sure what kind of iron supplements you are planning on taking but for the record the Ferrous Sulfate that MD's will try and give you actually has a lower absorption than other forms of iron (which is why they give you 325mg of it!!).  I've been using Floradix Herbal Iron - not because I'm anemic but rather pregnant.  It tastes great and is made from things I can trust- like plants.  Hmmm, are you B12 deficient??  Maybe try a sublingual B12 (5mg) if you haven't already.  Not sure why you wouldn't be absorbing the iron from veggies...

I am on Ferrous Sulphate - actually 600mg of it, ha ha. B12 might be a good idea, although I try and keep taking a good multi-vitamin. To be honest, anaemia is something that's always plagued me and I rather suspect it's a childhood full of surgery and suchlike. I try and keep the symptoms under control but my doctor tells me some people just don't absorb it so readily. Thanks for your advice, I will look around :)

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