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A 45-year-old member asked:

I am working to improve my prior poor nutrition, my blood levels were low. now, my hematocrit is normal at 38.3, but hemoglobin 12.0 (range is 11.5-15.5). is my hemoglobin still on the lower end? should i eat more iron rich foods to raise it more?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Hard to say: Your limited lab data & detail makes it hard to offer specific advice. In general if your hemoglobin was low it takes 3 or more months of additional iron in your diet or as a supplement to return the bone marrow reserves to normal. Proper nutrition is a lifestyle choice. If you have made the change just keep it up & you should be fine.
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