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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

Find the cause: Very low hemoglobin levels will restrict your exercise tolerance, but the greatest danger of anemia is that it warns of an underlying problem. While the cause is often a woman's loss each month or during pregnancy, or non-supplementing vegetarianism, anemia may warn of cancer, ulcers, B12 deficiency which can cause brain damage, and a host of other bad things. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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What should I do if I have very low hemoglobin levels?

Dr. Michael Thompson
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What should I do if I have very low hemoglobin levels?

Get evaluated: The causes of anemia (low hemoglobin) are many. You need an evaluation with a history and physical exam. Some initial studies include -- CBC w/diff, peripheral blood smear, reticulocyte count, epo level, fecal occult blood testing and possibly others (eg ua, vitamin studies, etc). ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Is it common for women in their 20's and 30's to have low hemoglobin levels?

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Yes: It is quite common for young women to have anemia especially if you dont eat right and if you have heavy menses. Having said that, there are many other things that can cause anemia. Please see your doctor and have your doctor evaluate you further for the cause of your anemia and direct the treatment based on the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What is considered dangerous in low hemoglobin?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What is considered dangerous in low hemoglobin?

ALWAYS serious: Being "a little bit anemic" is like being "a little bit pregnant." even if the anemia is not life-threatening, it warns that you're sick and you need to find the cause. Especially, iron deficiency anemia without explanation screams out for a work-up -- "am i losing blood into my gut from an undiagnosed cancer?" you must demand your physician find the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Diede
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What causes a low hemoglobin level?

Dr. Scott Diede
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Does the low hemoglobin level affect the food appetite?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Does the low hemoglobin level affect the food appetite?

Depends on the cause: Low hemoglobin per se does not affect appetite but low hemoglobin is a symptom of many diseases and drugs. For example, chemotherapy causes loss of appetite and low hb. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Diede
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What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

Dr. Scott Diede
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What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

Varied...: Symptoms common to many types of anemia (low hemoglobin) include the following: easy fatigue and loss of energy, rapid heart beat, (particularly with exercise), shortness of breath, headache, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, pale skin, leg cramps, and insomnia. ...Read more

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Unlikely: Unlikely acute leukemia, plz see a hematologist. Anemia has many causes at your age most common being iron deficiency. Acute leukemia without therapy is a fatal disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Is it possible for you to still have a hysterectomy with low hemoglobin levels?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Is it possible for you to still have a hysterectomy with low hemoglobin levels?

See details: It depends how low is low. Usually one will be transfused or the anemia otherwise corrected prior to surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. RAJESH Sehgal
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What can cause low hemoglobin level?

Dr. RAJESH Sehgal
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What can cause low hemoglobin level?

Variable: There are many.Low iron, b12, Folic Acid etc.Depends on your cbc. ...Read more

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