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lithiumbarbiedoll
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Im a Vegatarian and my family was saying somthing about my iron level and the posability of becoming Anemic is this somthing i should be conserned about? im pretty sure theres such a thing as Iron deficiency anemia but am i at risk? because if there's anything i can do to prevent it i want to...ive also had ulsars and i was looking at this site and it said that that may increase my chance of becoming anemic? maybe i should go talk to my doctor but is there really any cause for consern?

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Heather
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There really is no link between vegetarianism and iron deficiency, especially given the atrocious quality of most meat these days.

Easy solution no matter WHAT your diet: take a good supplement every day. If iron is a special concern, be sure it contains it. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan multivitamins where you can get what you need without any real fuss whatsoever.

If you have issues with anemia, your doctor will tell you. It's not the most common thing in the world.

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lithiumbarbiedoll
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Thank you so much...that really helps to put my mind at rest on that subject...i spose its vitamins for me! =0)

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KittenGoddess
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Remember to keep moderation in mind when taking vitamin suppliments though. Having too much iron isn't good for you either. Never take more than 100% of your daily recommended amount (and a lower level than that is probably good since you'll be getting some iron in your food anyway) unless your doctor instructs you to do so.

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Gumdrop Girl
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Here's a pretty good rule of thumb if you're looking for veggies rich in iron: if it's leafy and really dark green, it's got iron.

For example, spinach is a good source of iron.

Hop into the General Health and Nutrition forum and search "iron," you will hit a lot of pertinent topics

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Jenni
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I have a friend who became anemic shortly after becoming a vegetarian. While it's not officially a cause of anemia, vegetarianism has definitely been connected to it in some cases.

I myself am (severely) anemic and I love meat. Go figure, lol.


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Heather
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It is possible, though, that that anemia your friend developed, Jenni, was due to not eating enough calories, or that she was borderline to begin with. It's pretty typical -- especially in vegetarian teens, or new vegetarians who aren't familiar with HOW to eat and what to make to eat a variety of foods (and in the cases of teens, may be limited by what foods are available for them in their homes to cook with) -- for far less calories to end up being consumed than when a person ate meat before (if they ate meat before -- some of us grew up without it altogether).

Really, I've yet to see any reliable study from nutritionists that show vegetarianism in and of itself -- not in how it was practiced -- posed a greater risk of anemia overall than meat-based diets. Truth is MOST people don't get enough iron, no matter their diet, especially women. The ADA states that anemia rates in vegetarians and nonvegetarians are basically identical. Obviously, if anyone has seen solid studies which show otherwise, It'd be great to direct us to them so we can keep current and informed.

When non-meat diets in and of themselves DO pose iron problems, it's often less a matter of not getting enough iron and more a matter of a lack of absorption. Nutritionists usually suggest eating foods which contain high amounts of vitamin C during meals to help counteract that if it is a problem. In fact, doing that as a vegetarian may in fact make your iron absorption and iron levels HIGHER than those of meat-eaters.

Vegetarian or vegan teens (and their parents!) may find the following links helpful:
¥http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/teennutrition.htm
¥http://4collegewomen.brandeis.edu/data/vegetarianism.html
¥http://www.vegsource.com/nutrition/adapaper.htm

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[This message has been edited by Miz Scarlet (edited 07-27-2002).]


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