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A 40-year-old female asked:

Getting my finger pricked at dr office checking hemaglobin it is suppose to be 12. mine is 11.6 is that low? how can i fix this?

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Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 48 years experience
more info needed: If you are having menses with expected blood loss, you might need to be on iron. At any rate 11.6 is nothing to be concerned about--make sure you do not have blood in stool or urine, and that your nutrition is well-rounded. You cannot define an anemia from just an hemoglobin. Also your history and prior blood counts are needed. Get your physician to check you over.

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Last updated Oct 10, 2013

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