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low ferritin after blood donation

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I have been giving blood since March of this year. Since I am a vegetarian I regularly get a yearly blood panel to check if I am not lacking any nutrition. I noticed that since last year (September 2013) my ferritin levels have dropped from 84 g/l to 29 g/l . Should I be worried ? Is this likely to come from the blood donation or mainly from my diet ?

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replied November 3rd, 2014
Thank you for asking

its from both. Diet with out meat / vegan diet predisposes to iron storage and b 12 deficiencies. I suggest to start iron supplements and take B12 supplements. Seek a dietitian. Either stop giving blood or increase the intake of supplements as they are msising in vegan diet.

Blood donation before 3 months is not wise.

take care


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