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22 Possible Causes for Red Blood Cell Distribution Width Increased, Vegan Diet

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    A dietary history revealed the child subscribed to a restrictive vegan diet with little to no intake of animal products or other fortified foods.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Therefore, efforts should be directed to preventing deficiency in pregnant and breast-feeding women on vegan diets and their infants by giving them vitamin B12 supplements[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Rauma AL, Torronen R, Hanninen O, Mykkanen H: Vitamin B 12 status of long-term adherents of a strict uncooked vegan diet (‘living food diet’) is compromised.[doi.org]

  • Iron Deficiency Anemia

    […] high red blood cell distribution width, reflecting an increased variability in the size of red blood cells.A low mean corpuscular volume also appears during the course of[en.wikipedia.org] […] of a vegan diet on the risk of diabetes, as well as cancer.[dx.doi.org] This is reflected in the red blood cell distribution width (RDW); thus, the earliest evidence of the development of an iron-deficient erythropoiesis is seen in the peripheral[emedicine.medscape.com]

  • Iron Deficiency

    Average size of RBCs (MCV) — may be decreased Average amount of Hb in RBCs (MCH) — may be decreased Increased variation in the size of RBCs (red cell distribution width (RDW[labtestsonline.org.au] Some might expect that since the vegan diet contains a form of iron that is not that well absorbed, vegans might be prone to developing iron deficiency anemia.[vrg.org] This is reflected in the red blood cell distribution width (RDW); thus, the earliest evidence of the development of an iron-deficient erythropoiesis is seen in the peripheral[emedicine.com]

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia

    red blood cell distribution width (RDW).[clinicaladvisor.com] Babies born to women who eat a vegan diet should be checked by a doctor to see whether they need extra vitamin B12.[medicalrecords.com] Macrocytosis (MCV 100 fL) may be masked or absent in the presence of concomitant iron deficiency or alpha/beta thal traits, although these cases tend to have an increased[clinicaladvisor.com]

  • Folate-Deficiency Anemia

    – this is uncommon, but can occur if you have a vegan diet, follow a fad diet or have a generally poor diet for a long time medication – certain medications, including anticonvulsants[nhs.uk] People who find it difficult to get enough vitamin B12 in their diets, such as those following a vegan diet, may need vitamin B12 tablets for life.[nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk] […] preventing your body from absorbing vitamin B12 from the food you eat; this is the most common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency in the UK a lack of these vitamins in your diet[nhs.uk]

  • Megaloblastic Anemia

    […] variation in the size of RBCs (red cell distribution width, RDW) A blood smear may reveal RBCs that are smaller and paler than normal as well as RBCs that vary in size (anisocytosis[labtestsonline.org] A diet that includes meat, fish and dairy products usually provides enough vitamin B12, but people who don't regularly eat these foods – such as those following a vegan diet[nhs.uk] Patients with vitamin B 12 deficiency may describe paresthesias related to peripheral neuropathy, poor or strict vegan diet, lack of socioeconomic resources, bowel-related[aafp.org]

  • Thalassemia

    blood cell distribution width High Normal; occasionally high Normal Ferritin Low Normal Normal Mentzer index for children (MCV/red blood cell count) 13 13 13 Hb electrophoresis[aafp.org] This type of anemia can be caused by: An iron-poor diet, especially in infants, children, teens, vegans, and vegetarians The metabolic demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding[webmd.com] Though some overlap with α-thalassemia carrier states exists, individuals with iron deficiency anemia show a marked increase in red blood cell distribution width (RDW), a[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Anemia

    […] variation in the size of RBCs (red cell distribution width, RDW) A blood smear may reveal RBCs that are smaller and paler than normal as well as RBCs that vary in size (anisocytosis[labtestsonline.org] You eat a vegan diet Iryna Imago/Shutterstock Because iron is in soy beans, dark green leafy vegetables, and tofu in addition to lean red meat, vegans and vegetarians can[rd.com] MCV: mean corpuscular volume; and RDW: red blood cell distribution width For statistical analysis, we used descriptive statistics, including range (minimum and maximum values[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Microcytic Anemia

    […] decreased Normal to increased Red blood cell distribution width measures the variation in red blood cell size and is often increased in persons with iron deficiency, but[aafp.org] Prolonged breastfeeding, excessive amounts of cows' milk and strict vegan diets may lead to iron deficiency anemia due to insufficient dietary iron.[livestrong.com] Normal to increased Normal to increased Red blood cell distribution width Increased Normal to increased Normal Increased Serum iron level Decreased Normal to increased Normal[aafp.org]

  • Pernicious Anemia

    […] variation in the size of RBCs (red cell distribution width, RDW) A blood smear may reveal RBCs that are smaller and paler than normal as well as RBCs that vary in size (anisocytosis[labtestsonline.org] David Rogerson, Vegan diets: practical advice for athletes and exercisers, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 14, 1, (2017).[doi.org] Eat a varied diet. Good sources of vitamin B12 are liver, fish and eggs. Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements to avoid deficiency.[netdoctor.co.uk]

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