Low Red Blood Cell Count, But Normal Iron Levels - Exhaustion
i've been doing low-carb/high-fat longer than a year now, fairly strict primal/paleo for about the last 4 months. I've been having exhaustion/brain fog issues for some years now (long before ditching grains and going LC), which going paleo hasn't solved (yet). I've experimented a bit with different macronutrient ratios with no success.
Last week i went to my doctor to get a general check, and we did a blood test. She said most of my markers are very good (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose, thyroid, iron, calcium, sodium, kidney, liver, etc...), but the red blood cell count (erythrocites, hemoglobin, hematocrit) is lower than the normal acceptable range.
She said this is sometimes a symptom of anemia, however, she wondered that anemia is normally accompanied by low iron levels, which is not my case, my iron level is good. Because of this she wants to check if i'm losing blood, so we made a urin test and will make a stool test to check for blood. I'll probably get the result from the urin test today, and i still have to submit the stool sample.
I must admit i've been probably going too crazy with fish oil the last couple of months (maybe 6 capsules a day). Since i read that too much fish oil "thins" the blood (whatever that means), i decided to stay off it for a while (i stopped taking it about a week before the blood test).
Any ideas, dietary recommendations? What should i look out for in the results to my tests?