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Hi, I'm a 32 year old male. I changed to a 95% vegetarian diet last August and this month I went to a doctor for a blood test to see if my iron is too low. The results are as follows:

Iron 124 (60-175)
TIBC 276 (250-410)
Ferritin 278 (20-400)


Hemoglobin 13.7 (13.2-17.3)
Hematocrit 41.8 (39-49)

I know all are within the reference intervals but most websites list hemoglobin levels for an adult male as 14-18.

So I came home and checked all my previous blood results of the last 6 years or so. My Hemoglobin was 15.7 in 2009, 15 in 2012, and then slowly it dropped. 14.2, 14, 13.8, 13.7 today. I thought that it might be about exercise, I'm doing a lot of cardio lately, but then again I was doing it in 2009 as well.

My question is, should I be worried? And should I take some low dose iron supplement to try to increase my Hemoglobin, even though my ferritin levels are normal.





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