I have been Vegan since near the beginning of the year.
I've been about 70% raw and 30% cooked , overall. I stay 80/10/10 as close as possible
and strive for all raw.
I had never had a B12 test done in the past but thought it may be good to supplement a little. So from April until July I took a sublingual B12 supplement I bought off of Amazon for $10. It was the only bottle I've purchased so I used them sparingly. In the beginning I took one every day but towards the summer I could only take once a week until they ran out. I haven't taken any in the last 7 weeks or so.
I went to the doctor for horrible joint pain and she recommended I test for B12 since "all vegans are deficient in this and iron and over the counter supplements don't work". So I paid the $42 and got tested. (it was a blood test which I hear is not ideal but I think it give a good idea)
She called today with the results.
B12 levels: 997
Haha, she couldn't believe it. I thought it was funny.
Still not sure where the joint pain is coming from. Argh.
I also found this intersting. In January (before going vegan) I had a phsycial and my blood glucose level was at 97. I did this test fasting. High glucose is over 100 and at 110 you are pre-diabetic. This test didn't seem to worry my doctor too much but it made me nervous.
Skip to this doctor visit- I went in for bone pain and had no idea she was going to do blood tests so I drank a huge 6 banana 6 date smoothie right before I left. I told her this and her response was, 'your glucose may be a little high. If it is alarming we can re-test after you fast."
My blood glucose level after a huge sugary smoothie (8 months LFV): 74
I wanted to ask, does anyone have a vitamin D deficiency? I am experiencing signs of it but I do get a lot of sun.. The test is expensive so wanted to ask around before I had it done.
I just went to my doc too. Unlike yours he is a cheerleader for my lifestyle and says he wishes he could be like me. He said my kidneys and liver were functioning so well that you only see these results if you are removed from civilization! **I actually have kidney disease, hydronephrosis, from a birth defect. My b-12 was within range too. (I occasionally supplement with under the tongue tabs) He said that he did an extended test on me that showed I fell into a category of "large/buoyant red blood cells" and that I required more b12. He said he'd like to see it at least at 500. My fasting glucose was 84. To answer your vitamin D question, I had been deficient 3 years ago when I first went raw. Today I am within normal range. I made it my job for about 6 months to sit in the sun almost everyday in the morning hours for about 15-30 min. Good Luck!
Kgg...was thinking about your vit d question some more. You say you spend your summers in the sun. Do you wear sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses? Most of the vitamin D is taken in thru your eyes. Just a thought.
You say you've been a vegan since the beginning of the year, plus you've taken some B12 supplements, so I'm not surprised that your level was so high. I'd been a vegan for about 2 years without supplementing (but not HCRV, just regular cooked vegan) when I went to the doc and got tested and my B12 was really low. Since then I take a supplement every day, just because it tastes really yummy :D. And my levels are now great. That's not to say you can't have normal levels without supplementing, I know you can, but in any case you've been a vegan for too little time to draw any sorts of conclusions, it takes years for some levels to go down significantly, and most vegans who eat a poorly balanced diet only start seeing the consequences of that about 3 or 4 years later minimum (from my experience and the people I've met, but I guess we all have a different experience with that).
As for Vitamin D, I went to the doc the other day and I was deficient, but I knew I would be before going because I really, really hadn't gone out much in the sun this year and I knew it was going to happen at some point or another. I'm not a good example to follow for this!