When I told my doctor I had been a vegan for over a year the look of concern immediately appeared on her face.
Would my blood test confirm that I too was an anemic protein deficient veg-head that we so often hear about??
Well after 16 months of just raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and no animal products my blood panel, lipid panel, kidney & liver function, protein, ferratin [iron storage in body], fasting glucose, Vitamin D are all within the normal range!
Everything looks good, my B12 was actually off the charts (was taking B12 sublinguals for a while but haven’t had any in a few weeks). My doc said she rarely sees cholesterol at as healthy a level as mine. Potassium notably is within the normal range in spite of all the bananas I eat (sometimes 40 or more in a day). Protein, well see for yourself. My vitamin D is at the bottom of the normal range so I’ll keep working on my tan. The only thing below normal was sodium just by a notch, no big deal. Not bad overall if I do say so myself.
So thanks to the results my doc now says she has no concerns about whether I’m getting everything I need from my diet. It would have been nice had I gotten my blood tested about a year ago for the sake of comparison but I’ll do it again in a year to keep an eye on things. Been feeling great lately, so far so good.
Check out the results here (click thumbnails to enlarge). Post any questions in the comment section via the link above.