Re: B12 and iron levels low
A question: is his diet vegan (no animal foods) or near-vegan?
Men in rich countries rarely have iron deficiency, since most men in rich countries eat lots of red meat and other high iron foods, and men do not lose iron monthly like women do. However, the best iron sources are animal foods, so vegetarians (including vegans) are more likely to have iron deficiency. Vegetarians can increase iron absorption by consuming vegetable sources of iron with vitamin C containing foods (mainly raw fruits and vegetables).
Vitamin B12 is found only in animal foods, so those eating a vegan or near-vegan diet need to consume fortified foods or supplements to get vitamin B12. Loss of the ability to absorb vitamin B12 in the digestive tract is sometimes found, more commonly in older people; in that case, injections are needed. Vision problems are one possible symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Last edited by tjlhb; 03-18-2010 at 08:11 AM.