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Can Magnesium Affect Red Blood Cells
Hemoglobin: Red cells are bags of hemoglobin. It is hemoglobin that carries oxygen. Other cells do not have hemoglobin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
True or false: iron in hemoglobin molecules which are found inside of red blood cells give human blood its red color? Pleaseeeee help. Thanks
Both!: The iron is part of the hemoglobin, so if the hemoglobin is red, then the iron has a role in making it red. Without the iron, who knows what color the substance would be, but then it wouldn't be hemoglobin anymore. On the other hand, hemoglobin bound to oxygen appears as a red color. Hemoglobin without oxygen appears as bluish purplish, which is why well-oxygenated blood is quite red. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nucleic acid: synthesis. Folic acid and vitamin B12 are needed for nucleic acid synthesis, and that is essential for making red cells. You may consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-folic-acid#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Several: The first thing i think of with this combination is someone trying to lose weight using a diuretic, or an athlete who's rehydrated insufficiently using only water. There will be additional findings in any serious illness that runs with these labs. Pathologists are lab physicians and our first rule is, "look at the person, not the numbers." good luck. ...Read more
What do the red blood cells look like under the microscope in iron deficiency and in pernicious anemia? Any other blood cells affected?
Two distinct looks..: Fe deficiency causes a hypochromic microcytic anemia, which means the cells are smaller than normal and have decreased pigment. The zone of central clearing in a red cell (normally 1/3 its diameter) is significantly increased. In pernicious anemia, the red cells are enlarged (aka, macrocytic). You may also see changes in neutrophils, such as increased nuclear segmentation (>6). ...Read more
What can cause my platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells are all high causing leukocytosis, mild thrombocytosis and macrocytes?
Inflammation : Macrocytes are white blood cells too. Also depends how high they are. Very mild elevation like 10-13 for WBC and 400-450 for platelets could be lab variations too. If mild to moderate suggests inflammation which can be from infection, autoimmune disorders. If very high, blood disorders are a concern. Whomever ordered the test should follow up with u. ...Read more
What is something that can cause high red blood cell count along with smaller then normal red blood cells?
Thalassemia: The most connon would be thalassemia minor or trait, an inherited disorder characterized by an increased number of rbcs that are smaller than normal in size, usually with mild anemia. These are disiases where to body has trouble making enough hemoglobin and are congenital. There are some other, more rare conditions as well that can do it. ...Read more
I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?
Do iron blood work measure the amount of iron inside the red blood cell? since every RBC can carry specific amount of iron how can overdose occur ?
Basic biology: Serum iron measures how much is NOT in the red blood cells. This gives some estimate for what's available to make new red cells and otherwise carry on the body's business. You can become gravely ill if much more iron is stored than the red cells are carrying around. If you actually have hemochromatosis, please keep educating yourself -- untreated, it will kill you; treating it is easy. Best wishes ...Read more
Can serum potassium levels be normal while red blood cell potassium levels are low? When is the red cell potassium test used?
Can steroid abuse cause high white blood cell count and protein in your urine ? My white blood cell count is 15
Maybe but...: Our first concern is to rule out a serious infection (is your peripheral smear abnormal? Are the white cells primitive / angry-looking? Do you have symptoms?) and real kidney disease (how much protein, is it mostly albumin?) i hope you'll reconsider anabolic steroid use (if it's this kind of steroid); every guy i know who's tried this has regretted it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me how glomerular filtration affect or influence blood volume, urine production, red blood cell production?
Basic physiology: Increased GFR means more urine, all other things being equal which they never are; if I drink a glass of water, GFR goes up some for a while and the urine's gone. Blood volume affects pressure at the glomerulus in various ways, and water lost in the blood becomes urine, reducing blood volume. Kidneys make erythropoietin stimulating red cell production by GFR-unrelated mechanisms. ...Read more
Different ways: The spleen is an organ that helps with some types of infection from encapsulated organisms, platelets, and it also removes old worn out red blood cells. You would not likely know of any side effect on your red blood cells, and your blood tests for your red blood cells are likely to be normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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