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What Does a Low White Blood Cell Count Mean?

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Since white blood cell count is a sign of systemic inflammation, it’s no surprise that those with lower white counts live longer. Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter at https://www.nutritionfacts.org/subscribe and get a free recipe from his new HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK. (All proceeds Dr. Greger receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking directly support NutritionFacts.org). This whole concept of the risks of being normal in a sick society is explored further in my video When Low Risk Means High Risk (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/when-low-risk-means-high-risk/). Stay tuned next for What Is the Ideal White Blood Cell Count? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/What-Is-the-Ideal-White-Blood-Cell-Count). Have a question about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-does-a-low-white-blood-cell-count-mean and someone on the NutritionFacts.org team will try to answer it. Want to get a list of links to all the scientific sources used in this video? Click on Sources Cited at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-does-a-low-white-blood-cell-count-mean. You’ll also find a transcript and acknowledgements for the video, my blog and speaking tour schedule, and an easy way to search (by translated language even) through our videos spanning more than 2,000 health topics. If you’d rather watch these videos on YouTube, subscribe to my YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=nutritionfactsorg Thanks for watching. I hope you’ll join in the evidence-based nutrition revolution! -Michael Greger, MD FACLM http://www.NutritionFacts.org • Subscribe: http://www.NutritionFacts.org/subscribe • Donate: http://www.NutritionFacts.org/donate • HOW NOT TO DIE: http://nutritionfacts.org/book • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NutritionFacts.org • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nutrition_facts • Instagram: http://instagram.com/nutrition_facts_org/ • Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NutritionfactsOrgMD • Podcast : http://nutritionfacts.org/audio/
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Dr. Jé (1 month ago)
I Am healthy never noticed the numbers, left ER it was "Low" under the "normal" 4 - my take away- normal does not always mean "good"
Omar Guerrero (2 months ago)
Just turned 26 a couple of weeks ago, my first bloodwork in my life done 2.5 year ago at 23... everything was in "normal range" but I wanted optimum levels. Glucose was 87 and WBC 8.2 back then, last bloodwork a month ago.... glucose is 75 and WBC 5.47 I changed my life for good thanks for the video Dr Greger.
identity Europa (2 months ago)
I have 3.7 white blood cells on my test. I pass with flying colours on everything else. I exercise and eat well, sleep well most nights. My doctor said I am healthy. I have no other accompanying symptoms so , I just need to get it up a few points, right?
Jim Barr Official (2 months ago)
I've been 4.5, 6.8, 4.4, and the latest: 3.9 in the last 4 years. Just started 7 months ago doing a big salad in the evening, some carb at breakfast, and protein at lunch. No rice, limited bread (some, but much less than before). Eating less in the evening, along with 1000 mg of cinnamon bark, 1000 iu of Vitamin D and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in the evening before bed mixed in water. All other differentials are normal. I have ulcerative colitis that is well controlled with no inflammatory makers (sed rate is <2 and no white blood cells in stool - both very good). WBC count was flagged as below 4.5, so low - but I guess not to worry. I have another WBC scheduled in 3 months time. Feel fine. Thanks for this video.
beverly francis (2 months ago)
Thank you for this video doctor. It reassures me because my wbc read low and I was very concerned.
hibo hassan (3 months ago)
I’ve been told my wbc is 0.8 is that bad. I hardly get sick and I have no symptoms. They’ve referred me to a haematologist and I’m scared it could be Leukemia as stated by the dr. Please someone reply if they’ve had a Similar experience and what was your outcome.
jani 1978 (3 months ago)
hibo hassan if u have no symptoms u are not sick. I had the same thing happen to me 5 years ago and I was going crazy. The problem was I wasn't a normal human. Im not overweight and I eat healthy. Remember that the Medical industry is full of people who dont think outside the box. Its a business. So remember when u are sick ur body will let u know. Until then u are healthy.
velly jatt (4 months ago)
My wbc level has been at level 3500 for past 6 months. I am worried but doctor called me not to worry.
\/ibestr (4 months ago)
i have a slightly low Wbc (3.7), neutrophils (1.6) and platelet (148) count. Glad i shouldn't be concerned, but not sure about my platelet levels.
\/ibestr (2 months ago)
+Omar Guerrero Did you see the clip above?
Omar Guerrero (2 months ago)
Would check those neutrophils levels
leleslie45 (5 months ago)
I've had chronic low white blood cell count for most of my adult life. Although various doctors found it worrisome this is apparently good news!
babababababababa banana (6 months ago)
So all this time when I had a wbc of 2 billion I was really healthy?
mattimus13 (6 months ago)
Exactly what I thought, thank you for being a voice of common sense
Joe (6 months ago)
So are you going to answer the question of what does a low white blood cell count mean?  Or are you just going to ramble about high white blood cell counts?
Lisa Holmes (6 months ago)
would that include a person who been born with heart touble that does not smoke .how can a smoker be more healther than a none smoker.(black lungs starts to show in a smoker) long time smokers and oxygen level is not high but low.I have worked in respertory ]atients who I have changed tek a tube that help them breath that is placed in their neck.. some has speech box to help them communicate. I was a can also a RST for many of years living in Michigan.
Bad Math (7 months ago)
I'm a recent vegan (less than a year) and I have low WBC. I am relieved to find this video, but I'm also wondering if this same information is true for low platelets, as I have both in the below normal levels. My platelets are exceptionally low.. if anyone has an answer please let me know
Osama Ben Laden (8 months ago)
Hi Dr thnks 💟 a lot for your information I have one questions if you got a chance to read my comment my leucocyte is 4.22 is I'm ok or there is some problems my age is 30 years old
I GOT THE MEMO (9 months ago)
Hulagu Kahn (9 months ago)
Let me.guess. Is low?
Teresa Horner chase (11 months ago)
Is this liver enzymes? Mine to high
Marietta Griffin (1 year ago)
What type of meat good to eat for white blood cell or red blood cell s.
Marietta Griffin (1 year ago)
To be back to high white blood cell s or red blood cells
Emi Romero (1 year ago)
It makes so much sense!!!
nicole turner (1 year ago)
okay I have to go to a hematologist on Wednesday and my primary care dr. told me my white blood cells are low and that way he recommended me to a hematologist. So I just realized ever since I started taking omeprazole for my Gerd (acid reflux) my wbc are low. I need help because I'm so nervous I just hope everything will be okay please pray for me I'm a nervous RECK!!!!
h l (1 year ago)
Sir I just want to say your content and presentation style are excellent! thank you for providing this information
Janet Pemberton (1 year ago)
the title is misleading, he only speaks of high WBC levels and what that could indicate...
Diana A (1 year ago)
well thankgod lol everytime my blood test came back with a low white cell count I was getting pretty paranoid something was wrong with me.
elvatoloco32 (1 year ago)
I have 3.4 leukocytes count for the past year , Is that consider low. I suffer from IBS so I get alot off inflammation in my stomach daily unless I don't eat
huang helen (1 year ago)
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/23/high-blood-platelet-count-as-good-a-cancer-predictor-as-a-lump-in-the-breast High platelet count seems to correlate with cancer based on some researches. My RBC have been recovering after taking B12 but platelet and WBC remain low. Wonder if we can draw a similar conclusion from low platelet count as from low WBC?
Gaani Tanadeh (1 year ago)
Wow Thanks. Is WBC lower than 3 normal? Doctor.
David Park (1 year ago)
This guy is legit. Subscribed with all notifications ON.
Aga Kuleta (1 year ago)
I've been seeing hematologist for over year and a half for neutropenia, now I know what to ask her next time.
Michael is such a great name for such a great man.
aurora hernandez (1 year ago)
This is a wake up call for me. My wbc is 11. 😯
tom smith (1 year ago)
cliff hanger or what lol
Laura Bair (1 year ago)
Thank you Dr. Greger! Great information!
anahit oha (1 year ago)
great info
Charj00 (1 year ago)
Must Hear More
Rayan K (1 year ago)
Awesome plz the next one and also if you may state other reasons why they may be high sometimes
Anton's Class (1 year ago)
Very interesting! I wonder what this will mean for HIV diagnosis, since a low WBC can be associates with HIV infection and "progression" of disease.
stringbender57 (1 year ago)
Excellent info! Another reason for eating a plant based starch based diet. I love it! 👏🏼🌽🍌🥔🍎🥒🍓
Yes, thank you for that. Over the years the Drs have been concerned because I have a low white blood cell count - my response was always I don't get sick, so I doubt that I need much, this didn't amuse them - but this video certainly makes me feel better and also to know that I have been right all along. Thank you Dr. Gregor.
emailjwr (1 year ago)
4.3 WBC count vegan checking in 🤓
Mary Zdrojewski (1 year ago)
This is great news! I recently had labwork done at work, and the report they sent showed low white blood cells, but no explanation. I was worried about it, but now I know it's a good sign!
1a2b3c4d5 (1 year ago)
Once you reduce your weight, stop smoking and drinking, etc. How do you reduce inflammation to lower your bodies response to increase your WBC count, thereby improve your quality of life and extend your life?
Daan (1 year ago)
Could you do a video of what would be considered 'excess fat' (@ 1:44)? How do we know what is healthy and what is excess?
Joseph1NJ (1 year ago)
Curious, those who have low WBC, have you ever had a CRP test?
Joseph1NJ (1 year ago)
At the end of the day, we're responsible for our health, not our doctors. Also remember that different labs have different numbers, and different margins for error. An informed patient is usually a healthier patient. Good health to you.
Aga Kuleta (1 year ago)
Joseph1NJ I will ask my doctor for copies and research more about it, this video made me realise that my normal might not be different than most people's. Plus it seems like something new and interesting to learn :-)
Joseph1NJ (1 year ago)
Thank you for the response. I wonder what "inflammatory markers" they're referring to. Something I've been doing for a decade is to get a full copy of my blood work. The assistants will be glad to make a copy for you. Of course now, it's online, at least for me. Anyway, you will know what tests were done, what your numbers are, spot trends, possibly suggest what tests you want done next time, etc. I'm not suggesting you stress over it. But for less than an hour once or twice a year to review it, it's worth it.
Aga Kuleta (1 year ago)
Joseph1NJ I'm not sure which test they did exactly (I really need to stop trusting doctors as much and do my research from now on) but they told me I have inflammation markers present, specifically rheumatoid ones, hematologist told me I might have rheumatoid arthritis but for now she's not sure why am I even seeing her. Doctors told me neutropenia is a problem, they know I'm vegan but all failed to mention it might be normal for me, I suspect they don't know.
Maui RoadRentals (1 year ago)
You're an inspiration!! Love all your work and donate to your site! Just had 2.86 with an immediate retest the following day which came out to 3.00 . Got sent to a hematologist who ordered more thorough blood testing. I was quite worried until this video just magically appeared in my Youtube front page. I'm feeling better now. Been mostly vegan for about 9 months now. Please keep doing your thing for as long as possible. I feel like you're having a major impact on health and society.
Suzana Lima (1 year ago)
huang helen (1 year ago)
Thank you so very much for this video. What a relief!! My red blood count has been rising steadily after I started taking B12 and avoiding coffee with my meals. Am no longer anemic. However, my white cell count has been consistently below the reference range. Doctors, lab technicians, friends are all telling me to eat red meat "'because you cant reduce the complete wholesome nutrition of meat to a B12 pill"
Aga Kuleta (1 year ago)
People assume we are less healthy because we're vegan, no one thinks that if we weren't vegan we would be really sick instead (I have some inflammation levels raised, I believe that if I weren't vegan I could have full blown arthritis by now).
rj979 (1 year ago)
Long shot, but would anyone know why I get pus filled pimples on my chin pretty much daily? Eating antioxidants and broccoli helps, but it's short of curing me. White blood cells attacking the toxins my skin is getting rid of maybe?
Ash11112 (1 year ago)
Love your videos-truly inspiring and as a scientist myself, I love to implement different things into my lifestyle for the hopes of extending lifespan and of course health span! I have stopped eating meat and follow a whole foods plant based diet thanks to your inspiration and pointing out the science to support how diet can change lives-its too bad most medical doctors don't share that opinion. Anyways I am hoping you can do a follow up on what can be done to lower WBC and also chronic inflammation? Thanks for doing what you do-my grandma too is much of the inspiration of why I do what I do today as well! Ashley
Lily Banana (1 year ago)
I was told I had leukopenia but the doctor never treated it and it was viewed as "bad"
SSBMan (1 year ago)
The suspense...
watchingvids101 (1 year ago)
Thank you for this information Dr Greger! My white blood cell count has been low for as long as I've been getting my blood tests (annually over the last 4 years). I was a bit worried as the doctors flagged it as a potential issue to monitor. I asked them if perhaps it was a normal count for me personally as my test results were quite consistent over the years and I wasn't ill. They didn't agree and thought it would be something I'd have to have regularly checked as I was borderline. I'm glad to know now that they were probably basing their normal white cell count off of the unhealthy average (I live in Australia and we also have a SA(ustralian)D diet)!
Matthew Martin (1 year ago)
I had the same experience as everyone else commenting- I'm a long time vegetarian, recent vegan & my previous doctor was worried about my "low" white blood cell count. This makes more sense. I've since switched to a PCRM doctor (they promote plant based and presumably see more veg*ns) who never brought up my WBC count- I guess in their patient population, it wasn't remarkable.
Scoria (1 year ago)
Great I'm going to die
That IBD Vegan (1 year ago)
James (1 year ago)
One of the most valuable video.
Riccardo Bonacini (1 year ago)
really interesting topic! see you NEXT!!
*Wizdom* (1 year ago)
*Mine is 3.0. I'm a semi-vegetarian* 🍗🐠🥗🤔👀
I always felt like I was chronically inflamed before going vegan and now I recover quicker from physical activity, I get sick less, my post-concussion symptoms began clearing up.... I just feel less inflamed all the time and I never knew why (I was just happy to finally be feeling good)! I'm SO CURIOUS to get my bloodwork data from my doctor now to see if there was a noticeable drop in my WBC!
Melissa Giraldo (1 year ago)
What if you have a HIGH WBC and LOW auto Lymphocyte percent?
Obunga (1 year ago)
Thoughts on MCT oil?
Jeff Lebowski (1 year ago)
Good video, I never realized high WBC is bad for you.
Emma Kyte (1 year ago)
Wow, this is so interesting! My Dr told me I "should be sick all the time" because my WBC count is so low. I get sick less than once per year and even then only mildly for about a day. It makes total sense the "normal" is just the average "not actively dying" person, and the average person has been building up to heart disease, diabetes etc for many years before considered sick. We need to redefine what it means to be "unhealthy", to give doctors a better understanding of what needs their intervention. Right now most doctors consider someone fine unless they actually require medical intervention to keep living. Simply existing without being on 10+ medications does not mean someone is actually healthy.
Blue Marvel (1 year ago)
Same here, except my hematologist told me that my African American heritage was to blame for my lower than normal count.
maremacd (1 year ago)
Vegan Ankh My doctor mentioned that too. Said it would be less concerning if I were African American. It looks like no one need be too concerned unless they have other symptoms.
Vegan Footsoldier (1 year ago)
thanks for the shout out!
paulsan2112 (1 year ago)
Best YouTube channel! Do you have any on proper Test levels?
Merissa Cingano (1 year ago)
my husband is on immune suppressants. He had IGF nephropathy which destroyed his kidneys. He now has a donar kidney-- his mother's. What does this mean for him? Anything he could be doing to ensure he stays healthy? If he has too little of white blood cells his body will reject his donar kidney. He's been plant based for the past 3 years.
wojtekimbier (1 year ago)
I'm not vegan but these videos are very good, some of my favourite research paper reviews
wojtekimbier (1 year ago)
Just checked my blood tests and they tended to be about 4,2 k/μL, nothing to be concerned about
Kodosuro (1 year ago)
Very interesting! Was quite amazed by this since I didn't really understand all of it's signifiance and importance! Thanks A lot Dr Greger and Nutrionfacts staff for getting good content out!
Lichtblick Vegan (1 year ago)
I just looked at my last blood test. The normal range is 4.0 - 10.0 and i have 4.1. I'm so happy now 😄
Dustin Hansford (1 year ago)
Good info, I can say typically in my lab patients report 6.0 -12.0 as the average range. Sad that this is the norm.
Frank Rodriguez (1 year ago)
Thanks for doing this research and sharing the good news! This video just made my year!
The Seeker (1 year ago)
Wish I knew why my Hematocrit is always either at the high end of 'normal' or it's high. I've been Vegan for 16 years. I was told by the nurse that in the 'olden days' that they would've put leeches on me and bled me. Ugh!
Lisa R (1 year ago)
4 years ago all my lab results were in the normal range except my white blood cell count which was low. I was freaking out. Now it's in the normal range and I'm freaking out.
Mr Bulgaria pepi (1 year ago)
again I like to highlight that the video is getting dislike adjust a tell me who dislike this video this is a video based on fact researches and data think about it how would you end up disliking any of the informational videos provided for free to you you must be a really big idiot or somebody who is getting paid to do so
iridium56 (1 year ago)
Dr what's worse for inflammation? A diet rich in saturated fat or refined sugar?
Alp Ozen (1 year ago)
After taking a look at your videos, I am vegan btw but now thinking may be I should not exist at all because everything apparently is killing me. Sorry Doc but your videos are confusing I know you are highly intelligent being above us God of diet but spare us and be more straight forward one video saying good next saying bad does not help at all.
paulsan2112 (1 year ago)
Alp Ozen ummm, what?
Javier X de la Camara (1 year ago)
Fantastic Video. Really useful info!
Another fantastic video, Doc....for my last blood test 9 months ago, my WBC was 3.6....I guess tmrw I'll find out if I'm dying or not....bring on part 2
Indeed ! ;)
hahaha you must just be on the edge of your seat waiting to find out!!
V Verde (1 year ago)
Finally the word is out! This is WHY whole food plant based vegans usually and consistently have a Low blood cell count according to the "normal" values. I wish my doctor knew this instead of thinking I'm abnormal!
Oger von Emskirchen (1 year ago)
you are abnormal, but in a good way.
Caleb Shares (1 year ago)
The suspense is brutal. Can't wait :)
Daniel Tucker (1 year ago)
A bit worried people won't be able to find the second part of these two-parters. Maybe he should at least name the name of the second part and in the second part name the name of the first part.
Ryan Finchum (1 year ago)
I hate cliffhangers
Laurie Paris (1 year ago)
Ryan Finchum yeah, butcha know we'll both be back for more!
Eelke Aptroot (1 year ago)
That would definitely explain some of those mysterious auto-immune diseases....
brvihu (1 year ago)
This is interesting! I had the same thing when I started eating a plant based diet. My doctor had me tested a second time to make sure it wasn't a mistake.
SulforaphaneMeUp (1 year ago)
My wbc is on the low range of 5.7 and my rbc is higher than normal at 5.4. I always thought I needed to get my wbc up to fight disease.
Felicia Palmer (1 year ago)
My husband had a low WBC AT last check and doc was trying to send him to a hematologist. Having already established that many of these docs today are clueless, we declined the referral and instead did research which led us to this same conversation about inflammation. We determined that -- if you are not inflamed or fighting disease, your WBC need not be high. So he was actually healthy because his WBC was low -- not the opposite. Why don't docs know this??? People, please take responsibility for your health and research for yourself. Docs today seem to focus mainly on prescribing "a pill for every ill" instead of wholistically healing the human body.
Anh Nguyen (1 year ago)
Like when an AIDS patient has low WBCs and needs antiviral "pills"?
Laurie Paris (1 year ago)
Felicia Palmer It's all about the money, and covering their butts in case something does go wrong.
Andrea Wisner (1 year ago)
Felicia Palmer A low wbc count could also mean that your immune system has shut down, so it may be worth checking. Of course, there are probably other symptoms of a broken immune system.
Carolyn Hill (1 year ago)
Thank you for finally doing a video on this! I, too, was sent to an oncologist after my white count dropped from 4.0 to 2.7 after switching to a plant based diet. I am rarely sick and cuts heal up fast. Nevertheless, I was sent to an oncologist. It was expensive and it took forever to get released. Early on I mentioned the articles I had read about low white counts and a plant based diet, but the oncologist thought I was confusing a red blood cell count with a white blood cell count because I was on a vegan diet. He thought I was asking if my vegan diet was unhealthy for my blood cell count.
Mohamed Adel (1 year ago)
omg since i started eating plant based my wbc count has declined dramatically and i was concerned that this meant my immune system is impaired but now i find out it's actually a good thing!! thank you so much dr greger
beepersify (1 year ago)
Mohamed Adel same here
Mamadollskie (1 year ago)
please do a series of these normal vs healthy ranges including iron levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides etc.
13 CS:GO Stuff (1 year ago)
Optimal Cholesterol is anywhere between 50 and 70 mg/dl. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15172426) Atherosclerosis starts progressing at levels above 75 mg/dl. (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/circulationaha/108/22/2757.full.pdf)
Aishah Kayani (1 year ago)
Mamadollskie I second this! 👍
Kombaiyashii (1 year ago)
How do you get your white blood count checked?
maremacd (1 year ago)
SulforaphaneMeUp Simple blood draw. Ask your PCP.
SulforaphaneMeUp (1 year ago)
Blood test at your hospital or medical clinic.
Iridav (1 year ago)
Please make a video about high MPV.... mine is 11,8...
Babyschizzo (1 year ago)
rough rough (1 year ago)
doc I love this video please do more videos on subjects that are related to regular blood checking because I'm sure not many people know what's on the paper when they go get their blood checked
lia (1 year ago)
starchiopath (1 year ago)
Fantastic! Thank you. Just got my lab test yesterday and my white blood cell count was flagged (as usually) at 3.2. Looks like I'm doing just fine, even as a former smoker :)
N. E (1 year ago)
starchiopath the "former" part should explain it. congratulations for stopping, im still a smoker and want to quit. it's the only bad habit I still have and it's literally killing me
C Adams (1 year ago)
Yay!!! I am so happy you are covering this topic! Every physician I've ever seen over the years has worried me about my white count. I've consumed a whole food plant based vegan diet for years, my weight is ideal, I have no health problems, take no meds, & I feel fantastic at 56 years of age, so my low WBC has been a mystery UNTIL NOW!! Thank you Dr. Greger!!! I love you!! You have given me more reason celebrate my good health & happiness! I can't wait for the next video! I'm going to guess that my WBC is another reason to smile!
Savage (1 year ago)
And there I was thinking it was bad because my WBC was right at the bottom of the normal range. Guess I am doing pretty good then.
Vladimir Yuvachov (1 year ago)
Last time I got my blood checked my white blood cell count was 4.5, from the information in this video that seems great, but let's see! Exciting stuff :P
supersilverhazeroker (1 year ago)
I have both low red and white bloodcells, i don't have any energy etc. could you give me an idea what could be the causes? I'm a male. hemoglobine: 7.6 mmol/l hematocryt: 0.35 l/l erytocyt: 3.4 x10E12/l leucocyt: 3.5 x10e9/l trombocyt: 101 x10e9/l those are all too low according to the normal values.. also my mcv and mch are too high.. mcv is 101 fl (which according to google would point to anemia due too b12 shortage, my b12 was 376 pmol/l though i've probably walked around my entire life with basically no b12 (first blood test i had was <37), though my anemia was a lot less worse back then (just 8.4 hemoglobine) mch is 2.2 fmol MCHC 22 mmol/l RDW 13.2 %CV as far as nutrient deficiencies as a possible cause goes, i already gave the b12 result, folic acid was also tested, that was 12 nmol/l they didn't test iron, that will be included in the re-test though i can't imagine being deficient in that, plus then my mcv should be low rather then high right? My CRP was <1.0 mg/l What could be the possible causes for something like this?
supersilverhazeroker (1 year ago)
+Ella L. how would she know? she has the same data that you have if she can determin the type you can too. My main concern of asking this here is wether really bad things like leukemia can be excluded. cause most of the other options google gives me don't seem very likely.
Ella L. (1 year ago)
supersilverhazeroker well, if you're interested in causes of anemia, just do some research on the internet? and i would also recommend you to ask your doc at the next appointment, what type of anemia you have; that's important.
supersilverhazeroker (1 year ago)
+Joseph Leandre Jones the 37 was *smaller then* 37 (they don't measure any lower) pmol/l this was my serum B12 that's waaaaaay too low, that's absense. But now it should be high enough with the 376pmol/l +Ella L. My doctor didn't say what kind of anemia i had, though all she had was the same data i'm giving you. .. i gave you my b12 and folic acid levels and i can't imagine being short in iron.. i have no blood loss that i'm aware off.. My doctor did say something that these things could be caused by things like bacterial infections, which i see as a possibility perhaps. i should come back after 3-4 weeks (which is around now) to test again and then iron will be tested as well.. the low white blood cell count is a good thing apparently according to dr. greger. I wasn't making this post in hopes of telling me the cause, there's too little data for that.. however i hoped for a list of possible causes and why you can exclude certain things.
Ella L. (1 year ago)
supersilverhazeroker you definetly have anemia, but this can have many causes (lack of iron, b12, folic acid; blood loss,...). you can find out the cause, if you look at the blood cells (shape, colour, etc.) - did your doctor tell you what kind of anemia you have? low white blood cells can be a result of anemia, but again: it can have many causes.
patty 8873 (1 year ago)
Wow, finally! I have been vegan for almost 18 years and about 8 years ago my doctor was concerned because my white blood cell count kept getting lower. She sent me to a hematologist (which scared the crap out of me) who couldn't find anything wrong. She now just accepts it and ignores the "abnormal" count. This video is the first time I've heard what I suspected all along. This is why I love Dr, Greger!
Dr. Jé (1 month ago)
I'm vegan too recently!! I love it - and very healthy
Taiwa Ukawabutu (8 months ago)
patty 8873 it normal
Taiwa Ukawabutu (8 months ago)
patty 8873 Go vegan..THAT great..
NativeRoots (1 year ago)
patty 8873 18 years wow! I've been vegan for a little over a year now. Feel and look better than ever. I'm curious about how you feel you compare to others your age who are not vegan? Any struggles?
Laura Bair (1 year ago)
My husband and I had a similar experience. Low WBC and our doctors were concerned but it makes sense that less inflammation with a wfpb diet would mean lower WBC counts!
Maple Flavor (1 year ago)
thank you! finally some real meat!
Don't use that "M" word here ! ;)

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