Hi again, everyone — it feels like I’ve been posting too much, but I have so many questions (so thanks for your patience!).
I’m in the initial stages of treatment for both PA and IDA, so I don’t know much but have been reading a lot and waiting on an appointment with a hematologist. I’ve also been a vegetarian for 16 years. I eat a super healthful diet filled daily with just about every iron-rich plant-based food out there, but obviously my levels of both iron and B12 are still low.
So, I have two questions (one more general than the other):
1) Is PA always linked to autoimmune gastritis? If so, would AG potentially explain my low iron as well as the lack of B12?
2) Is my vegetarianism something I need to be concerned about given my body’s inability to make proper use of certain vitamins? (I nearly LOL’d when I got the diagnosis, as it seemed quite ironic that I can’t absorb B12 no matter how much meat I eat, but now I wonder if there are other vitamins I need to be concerned about...? I’ve read enough to have purchased low-dose folic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin D supplements , but I think I should wait to begin taking those until the baseline tests are done?)
I’m worried because vegetarianism is actually quite an important part of my identity (I never preach or anything, but it’s for deeply-seated ethical and environmental reasons), and I don’t want to eat meat unless it’s vital for me to do so.
Thanks, as always, for your time!