Does not eating meat make your hemoglobin drop?

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lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein in your red blood cells, and is necessary in order for oxygen to reach the cells of your body effectively. Not eating meat *can* make your hemoglobin level drop, but it doesn't have to. Meat is a very good source of iron in many diets, and iron is a vital component of hemoglobin. If you are not eating meat, you have to be careful to get your iron by eating other sources. These include nuts, whole grains, dried fruit, beans, mineral supplements, and green leafy vegetables. People need different amounts of iron in their diets for various reasons. Pregnant women need a lot, as do young children, and these groups must be especially careful. See the link below...

giorgiana1976 | Student

Anemia occurs when red blood cell number is decreasing and the body gets less energy as needed. Anemia, a symptom rather than a disease itself, is installing sometimes in the body, just in the intrauterine period, and is often caused by lack of proper nutrition for pregnant women, very important being to eat meat, milk and eggs.

Anemia is not a disease as simple as it seems at first sight, hiding behind it, most of the times, a very serious condition. Anemia occures in more types, and only a physician can make the correct diagnosis, after clinical and laboratory investigations. Symptoms of anemia include loss of appetite, physical and intellectual fatigue, sweating, headaches, hair loss, skin cold and dizziness.

The most common cause is iron deficiency, and to the woman, a cause frequently encountered is abundant and prolonged menstruation or loss of blood outside the normal menstrual cycle, also pathological loss of blood from the digestive area - which are often hidden, causing gradual anemia - vitamin B12 deficiency, common in the elderly, vegetarians, patients with tumor disease, or lack of folic acid, found in alcoholics or people who want to lose weight through starvation. In these circumstances, women are more prone to anemia than men.

If anemia iscaused by lack of iron in the body, is recommended the consumption of foods rich in iron and vitamin C. Vitamin C helps iron to fix the body. The iron richest foods are: red meat, liver, eggs, dried fruit (apricots), vegetables such as beans, peas, spinach.

In more severe forms of anemia, drug therapy is recommended.