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Veganism means avoiding the use of animal products, mostly in the diet. It is a philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. Dietary vegans are strict vegetarians who have abstained from consuming eggs, meat, dairy products, and other animal-related substances.

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I want to convert to a vegan diet. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I want to convert to a vegan diet. What to do?Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Adopting a vegan lifestyle can be a positive change for both health and the environment. To supplement the taste and protein factor in your diet, consider incorporating the following: 1. Plant-Based Protein Sources: - Legumes: Beans, len...  Read Full »

Can I obtain adequate nutrients from a plant-based diet?

Query: Hello doctor,I am considering transitioning to a plant-based diet for health reasons and concerned about obtaining adequate nutrients. Can you provide guidance on essential nutrients in a vegan diet and how to ensure I meet my nutritional needs, especially protein, vitamin B12, and iron, while follo...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Transitioning to a plant-based diet can provide all the necessary nutrients for your body. Here is guidance on key nutrients and how to ensure you meet your nutritional needs on a vegan diet: Protein: Include various...  Read Full »

Can my daughter's high TSH level occur due to our vegan diet?

Query: Hello doctor,My family and I went vegan three months ago. We did blood tests this week to check if we are healthy, and my three children show a low level of hematocrit count, although their RBC is within limits. My youngest (two and a half years) has also a high TSH level (5.2 mIU/L). They are sugge...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through their reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Her hematocrit value is borderline low. Her Hb (hemoglobin) and RBC (red blood cells) values are within the limit. So, just now, no active treatment is needed as it is not a clear-cut...  Read Full »

Why do I have pellet-like stools and bloating from few months?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17 year old female. My weight is 140 kg and height 5'4". I need your guidance and advice on something that has been going on for a very long time. In the past, I have been a vegetarian, paleo, vegan, etc. And I am currently a vegan because I feel it is the right thing to do. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It is a benign disorder, requiring only supportive management to regularize bowel habits. This disorder occurs in many people these days (10 to 30 % population are affected by this). This condition is aggravated by low fiber intake...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some good ideas to increase my weight and reduce my masturbation.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 34-year-old male. I am unmarried. My weight is 46 kg. I am masturbating daily, and I wish to reduce masturbating. It would be helpful to suggest some good ideas to increase my weight and reduce my masturbation. And regarding diet, I am a vegetarian.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hi,Welcome to want to tell you that masturbation is not a bad habit. Masturbating once daily is normal, and no need to get worried about that. Most individuals masturbate. But watching porn is wrong, and this causes an enormous loss of time and affects you psychologically. That time ca...  Read Full »

I have mild scratchiness on my tongue and mouth. Is this due to veganism?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been on a vegan diet for the last five years. I tried a dairy product on a vacation and noticed a mild scratchiness on my tongue and mouth in some instances. I was able to eat different kinds of dairy products but I had gastrointestinal disturbances. I again started a vegan diet ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As I understand you are having this issue everytime you consume dairy products. Other than the mentioned symptoms, are there any other symptoms like bloating, gas, loose stools, or pain while passing stools? Kindly revert for further queries. Regards.  Read Full »

I am a vegan and have anemia. Why is my B12 level so high?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been a vegetarian for over two years, and a vegan for about three months. I had my bloodwork done this past week, and the numbers were confusing. I have had anemia in the past, and it was thought to be due to my ulcer, which I take over the counter medicine (which I was told now to...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and below is my advice. The peptic ulcer can lead to minor bleeding in the intestinal tract and so anemia can develop due to it. For ulcer healing, Rabeprazole like antacid can be prescribed for 2 to 4 weeks. Stool routine micro examination...  Read Full »

Why do I have a deficiency of vitamin B12?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 71-year-old female and I take tablet Lisinopril 200 mg for blood pressure and tablet Rosuvastatin 5 mg daily. My blood test shows that I have a vitamin B12 deficiency. My doctor thinks it is due to alcohol consumption. I do not drink a lot but I am vegan. Can being vegan be the r...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Alcohol seems less likely to be the cause of deficiency in your case. Alcohol taken daily for more than 60 ml for at least one year will cause this deficiency. I think this is not the case with you....  Read Full »

Do vegetarians get enough protein?

Query: Hello doctor, My kid is 15-months-old. I am a pure vegetarian, and my husband is a pure non-vegetarian. Can I bring up my child as a vegetarian? My husband refuses, saying that the baby will not get enough protein. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are a vegetarian, and I suppose you do not have any nutrition issues. Pulses are a rich source of protein. So, you can bring up your kid as a vegetarian. Have a good day. Thank you.  Read Full »

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