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how to manage low hemoglobin?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Go to see your MD: Go to see your md and have some more evaluation and work-up. There are many different causes of anemia. Treatment will depend on the cause.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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How accurate is a hemoglobin A1c test in indicating hypoglycemia?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Poor: Hba1c is fair at detecting chronically high bgs, but very poor at detecting low bgs. Fortunately, true low bgs are very rare and almost never sustained or recurrent. The sensation of "hypoglycemia", when related to sugar at all in people not treated with diabetes medications, is usually the normal response to low-ish sugars, which corrects them and keeps the body well.
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How long do you have to fast for a hemoglobin A1c test?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Hgb A-1-c: Does not require fasting. It reflects blood sugar control over time. The fast is usually for the blood sugar or lipid profiles drawn at the same time.

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