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I recently became vegan. Should I be concerned about iron-deficiency anemia?
- By Toni Golen, MD, Contributor, and
- Hope Ricciotti, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch
Ask the doctors
Q. I’ve decided to stop eating animal products. I’ve had anemia in the past. How can I ensure that I’m getting enough iron in my diet?
A. Your body needs adequate iron to produce healthy red blood cells, which transport oxygen throughout your body. When iron levels drop too low and red blood cell production is low, it leads to anemia, which triggers symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, pale skin, low body temperature, and headaches, among others.
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