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Hemoglobin Buffer System
Haldane effect: Has to do with the histidine units. This is as clear as you'll find, for the anesthesiology people https://www. Openanesthesia. Org/haldane_effect/ ...Read more
Nature of a buffer: Buffers only buffer and don't really prevent pH change, only making the impact of sudden changes less. If your pH is low, you're probably sick. In fact, every time you exercise, you drop your pH. ...Read more
Specific Anemia Type:
Alpha-thallesemia is commonly called h-disease and it is a genetic disorder of blood cell production in which only a portion of the proteins (globin chains) is affected. The severity is determined by which chain is affected--generally there are 4 chains, conveniently name 1, 2, 3, 4.
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Yes absolutely: One can die due to a very low hemoglobin level- for instance due to massive bleeding- due to lack of oxygenation on the vitals organ causing cell deaths, organ failure and ultimately death. The incidence is low in the usa, as we do have much better access to medical center. In the other part of the world- those happen frequently unfortunately. ...Read more
Polycythemia: There are only a few causes of a high hemoglobin. We divide these cases into primary and secondary high hemoglobin, or "polycythemia." secondary means caused by heart disease, hypoxemia, tobacco, sleep apnea. Primary means a benign blood disease called polycythemia vera. A hematologist can usually determine which type of polycythemia a patient has. ...Read more
Varies with gender: Normal hemoglobin for males: 13-16 gm/dl; females: 11.7-15 gm/dl. Exact values depend on the laboratory where the test is done and results when given should contain "reference ranges" for the normal by the lab. ...Read more
11.9 gm/dL: This is a bit lower than most healthy women, and you being 18 years old and complaining of fatigue may have early iron deficiency; the fatigue begins before the anemia announces itself. Your physician's here to help you. Talk with him/her about this and other possibilities; if you have a filipino thalassemia variant, this may be normal for you. ...Read more
It's low: Normal range of hemoglobin for women is 12-15, so yours is quite low. At levels less than 8, many people will have some symptoms of shortness of breath or decreased exercise tolerance. Your body can get used to lower levels over time, but you should still work with your doctor to find out why it's low and to bring it up closer to normal. ...Read more
Low Hgb: Hemglobin is a molecule found in red blood cells to carry oxygen. It is composed of 2 globulin proteins and iron. So to raise it, you need to know if it is the iron that is missing from your body (most common) or an underproduction of globulin. Get a serum iron level and if low, replace iron to normal levels. Also check for sources of bleeding such as from the gut. Stop iron once corrected. ...Read more
Low: Followup with your doctor to determine the cause. It may be related to your blood make up, chronic disease, lack of a vitamin or iron or you maybe loosing blood. There are a lot of reasons and you need to find out the cause first. Then you can look at the treatment. All the best. ...Read more
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
Why?: What is your hemoglobin level? If it is elevated, the cause needs to be determined and treated. If the hemoglobin level is pathologically elevated, there are no "natural" ways to lower it, unless you call blood letting "natural". ...Read more
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
Need to repeat:
Hemoglobin of 17.3 is high for a woman. Were you properly hydrated when the specimen was drawn? You may with to repeat the test making sure that you drink plenty of water before hand. See this site for information on hemoglobin levels.
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