If you eat a healthy diet and are aware of nutrition, and don't have any disorders that could contribute to malabsorbtion of nutrients, its probably not necessary unless you start to develop symptoms that could indicate a nutritional deficiency. Take B12, if that's what you're asking ;-)<br><br><br><br>
I'm pregnant and the doctor didn't even feel the need to test me for nutritional deficiencies because I eat well and am in good health. They test you automatically for iron; mine came back golden.
if someone offered it for me at no cost I would, otherwise *shrug*<br><br><br><br>
Maybe when I'm 30 I'll have a tune up and oil change. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":surprised">
I have blood tests every six months because I have anemia and my doctor keeps an eye out for anything that could be caused by my diet, so far nothing's come up.<br><br><br><br>
But no, I don't go out of my way to get specifically tested.
No I don't. I ate horribly as an omnivore and never did then, so I see no reason to now that I eat a very healthy and balanced diet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=""><br><br><br><br>
Plus, I'm terrified of needles.
I got tested about a month ago because of some problems that I thought might've been due to low iron. But everything came out fine and dandy! <br><br><br><br>
I don't get tested regularly, though. If I'm feeling fine, I don't go looking for a problem.
I have twice since going vegan. One was part of a medical I had to have for immigration reasons, another time (before the first one) was because I wanted to make sure my iron levels were okay. I had no deficiencies either time.
I was tested before going vegan and I ate a very healthy diet according to the doctors. I had no pressing symptoms that made me want to, but I was seeing a new doctor who does it as a norm for all his new patients. Turns out I was already drastically low in B12, so much so that I get shots now. and I also wound up with having a rare copper deficiency. It's good to get checked out even if you feel fine. I feel so much better now that I am balancing everything out. And I'm glad I did it before going vegan cause now no one can blame my deficiencies on my diet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
Yes.... Even my iron and B12 were okay. My cholesterol was excellent! Very low normal range.<br><br><br><br>
Well, okay, I did not get tested specifically for any type of malnutrition, but I asked for tests that were likely to be affected by my diet.
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I had no pressing symptoms that made me want to, but I was seeing a new doctor who does it as a norm for all his new patients. Turns out I was already drastically low in B12, so much so that I get shots now.</div>
Same thing with me. I felt fine and had no symptoms but my partner who's an ex-nurse strongly urged me to go and get it checked just to make sure. And sure enough, it was way down the low end of the scale. I was shocked because I was eating lots of fortified foods too. But obviously not enough.
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