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what causes a low hemoglobin level?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let explain: Low hemoglobin count isn't always a sign of illness — it may be normal for some people. Women who are pregnant commonly experience low hemoglobin counts. Diseases and conditions that cause your body to produce fewer red blood cells than normal include: aplastic anemia and others. Diseases and conditions that cause your body to destroy red blood cells faster than they can be made:enlarged spleen.
Dr. Eric Wargotz
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Low iron: Low iron is one major cause of low hemoglobin. Other causes include those described in this review article: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/low-hemoglobin/my01183/dsection=causes.
Dr. Scott Diede
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Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool), red blood cell instability (hemoglobinopathies), destruction (hemolysis), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (iron deficiency, for example), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Rarer causes include cancer.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Should I postpone the surgery if my hemoglobin level is low?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Ask your doctor: Depends upon: 1) how elective is the surgery, 2) the degree of anemia 3) are you bleeding - and will the surgery correct the bleeding, 4) your overall health, 5) the nature and complexity of the surgery, 6) the likelihood that delaying surgery will increase your blood count.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is hemoglobin sc?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Two variants: Hemoglobin sc is present in people who have two variants of the beta chain of hemoglobin. One gene has sickle cell variant and the other gene has hemoglobin c variant. There disease is more sever than hb s trait, but less severe than hb s disease.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What is hemoglobin a1c?

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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Average blood sugar: Hemoglobin A1c is a measure of the percentage of red blood cells permanently bound to glucose. Normally about 5% of our red cells are glycosolated. If you have greater than 6.5% you are diabetic. It is not affected by fasting, and since our rbc's live 90-120 days, it reflects an average over that time.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can cause my hemoglobin, hematocrit, and RBC levels to be low?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Many causes: Deficiency of iron, folate, (folic acid) vitamin B12 and chronic blood loss are common causes of anemia, but you need to be evaluated to determine the cause in your case. See this site for more info and consult your doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anemia/ds00321.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What can cause low hemoglobin level?

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Dr. RAJESH Sehgal
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Variable: There are many.Low iron, b12, Folic Acid etc.Depends on your cbc.

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