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could a lowlander adjust to permanently living at high altitude?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
Certainly, Examples:: 1.Your bone marrow will makes more oxygen carrying red cells at altitude 2.The body produces more of a particular enzyme which increases release of oxygen from hemoglobin to the body tissues 3.Your kidneys adjust the acid base state of your body by changing amount bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) excreted. 4. Pulmonary capillary pressure increases, forcing parts of the lung to work that are dormant at sea level.
Answered on Jun 19, 2016

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