hi newbie here. i am a happy and proud vegan about one year now. wondering if vegan diet, or diet in general could have anything to do with elevated sed rate. the doctors don't know a lot about what causes a high sed rate (c-reactive protein and other bloodwork normal).
thanks in advance.
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Sed rate is a non specific indicator of inflammation in the body and since it is non specific, it is hard for your doctor to determine the cause without doing further testing.
Here is some more info on Sed Rate for you
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency ... 003638.htm
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understan ... /test.html
Diet and lifestyle can effect inflammation.
While a vegan diet may be healthy, it can also be unhealthy, depending on what vegan foods are consumed and how much. There are many vegan foods that are unhealthy and can promote inflammation. Some of these included highly refined and processed foods, free oils, omega 6s and unhealthy fats.