Glendale, California
A 29-year-old male asked:

My hemoglobin is 12.6 g/dl. the lab has the range posted as 13.0 to 17.7 g/dl. do doctors go by the ranges set by the labs or is there a national standard for anemia that they adhere to?. they said 12.6 is fine and i shouldnt worry about it.

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Hemoglobin normal: Range is a guide. Lab values are to be interpreted as a part of overall medical history. Values very close to normal could indicate mild anemia or dilution or GI bleed or normal range. A doctor with you full medical history is in the best position to advise
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