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Should you IF if you are slightly Anemic?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2011 at 1:23 PM

SHORTER VERSION

Can you Intermittent Fast if you're slightly anemic? I'm a man, 12.5. Regular values for men are >13 according to wikipedia.

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The term adrenal fatigue is thrown around a lot. Maybe it's a myth?. I even did the classic test, checking my pulse lying down and standing. Lying down I have 50 beats per minute, standing I have 70. I guess I don't have adrenal fatigue.

Maybe my symptons of fatigue and shortness of breath are not adrenal fatigue, but maybe lack of proper sleep, stress, anxiety, maybe depression and anemia.

After forcing myself to eat breakfast for the last 4-5 days and still having shortness of breath, which seemed to go worse with breakfast (maybe with the digestion), I went back to IF.

Now, instead of doing 16/8 with only lunch and dinner, I had 1 liter of milk in the middle of the afternoon. I'm completely satiated from lunch to dinner, however, I do sometimes feel a slight weakness in my body. So a couple of days ago I had milk in the afternoon, and I had no such weakness until dinner.

This leads me to think if I wasn't having low blood sugar... but one time I went to the hospital for some blood tests and I was on a 12 hour fast by then in the morning. So I asked the nurse nicely, she checked my levels and they came out at 89. I asked if they were ok and she said "considering you dont eat anything since yesterday [blood tests], you're fine". According to wikipedia regular values fasted are between 70 and 100.

So I don't know if it's blood sugar or not, but I think this may just be lack of proper sleep + anemia. My thyroid levels are withing reach, I do however have HIGH FERRITIN levels, whatever that is.

P.S.: I know, some of you guys are going to say milk is horrible, it's cow pasteurized milk BUT HEY at least it's organic. When I go back to my place, my local farmer has some stupendous RAW GOAT milk (not cow) that I'll drink if his goats are still having it.

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My doc said my slight anemia isn't either from iron or B12 defficiency. According to wikipedia, anemia is caused by: - Lack of iron - Lack of B12 - Lack of B9 (folate) Iron and B12 are fine on my system, I don't remember about folate though. Today I did IF, as in the previous days and felt fine. What's the difference? Rest, sleep, less stress and less anxiety. Even though I'm sleeping by 11PM, I wake up at 3AM. I stay/force myself in bed until 6.30AM. I don't recall any deep sleep from 3 to 6.30 BUT at least I'm resting. Then I do a small nap during the day.

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You should only IF if everything else is dialed in. IF is a microoptimization you use once you have everything else working. So no, don't IF if you're anemic.

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To answer your specific question, I agree with miked that you should only IF once you have everything else dialed in. I'm having some trouble following your "longer version" as you kind of hop around between issues. I would encourage you to read more and better understand anemia. Anemia is often caused from low iron levels. Iron is used by the body to create red blood cells. Low red blood cell counts (among other things) can lead to anemia. Because your ferritan (iron) levels don't appear to be low, your anemia appears to be the result of some other circumstance. Again, I encourage you to read some more on the subject and better understand your bloodwork before considering IF.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

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on August 14, 2011
at 08:44 PM

My doc said my slight anemia isn't either from iron or B12 defficiency. According to wikipedia, anemia is caused by: - Lack of iron - Lack of B12 - Lack of B9 (folate) Iron and B12 are fine on my system, I don't remember about folate though. Today I did IF, as in the previous days and felt fine. What's the difference? Rest, sleep, less stress and less anxiety. Even though I'm sleeping by 11PM, I wake up at 3AM. I stay/force myself in bed until 6.30AM. I don't recall any deep sleep from 3 to 6.30 BUT at least I'm resting. Then I do a small nap during the day.

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