Vegetarian Diet in Thalassemia Patients!?

Posted by Goh Chun Hui on July 1, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Recently, I have a thalassemia friend telling me that he is planning to switch to a vegetarian base diet. Wanting to opinion, what I think about it? He did not tell me, the reason why he decides to switch it though. But I am guessing the few reasons why someone will want to switch to a vegetarian diet is because they want to be eating healthier, in order to have a better health, losing weight or maybe even just not wanting animals to be killed for their food, which are less likely the reason.

I personally don't see much problem for a thalassemia patients going vegetarian. Not that I will go for it myself, but I would rather have my usual meal and vegetables and can also have vegetarian mean, if I want to.

The only reason, I am worry about for someone who has been eating a meat diet for his whole life, out of the sudden having to switch to a vegetarian diet, might find themselves in the temporary situation possibly facing some symptoms such as feeling weaker, more tired and restless or even breathlessness in the short run. Until their body are comfortable with the changes of their diet. More or less if any of the symptoms you encounter, will to worsen. Definitely, with any hesitate go straight to your doctor and inform them what is going on and what you can do about it.

Lastly, for all thalassemia patients, always be sure to inform your consultation doctor first, before doing any changes to your daily diet what so ever.

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