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What is the relationship between hypothyroidism and low hemoglobin?

What is the relationship between hypothyroidism and low hemoglobin?

Many causes: Anemia (low hemoglobin) can be a result of hypothyroidism through multiple mechanisms. Low thyroid causes less production of blood cells resulting in a "normochromic" anemia. It can also be associated with B12 deficiency and cause a "macrocytic" anemia. It can also cause less iron absorption and result in a "microcytic" anemia. If anemia persists after treating low thyroid, look other causes. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Hemoglobin 12, ferritin 7. 41 year old female. Hysterectomy 9 years ago. What could cause the low ferritin? Other medical conditions: hypothyroid, dia

Hemoglobin 12, ferritin 7. 41 year old female. Hysterectomy 9 years ago. What could cause the low ferritin? Other medical conditions: hypothyroid, dia

Blood tests: There are a few diseases that leap out from blood tests. Most of the time, however, blood tests don't tell the doctor much on their own. These results fall into the second group, not very specific. Low ferritin is not nearly as worrisome as high ferritin. ...Read more

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Would low ferritin but hemoglobin of 9.3 cause higher resting heart rate? Cardiologist said hearts ok. Slightly hypothyroid. Have thyroid antibodies.

Would low ferritin but hemoglobin of 9.3 cause higher resting heart rate? Cardiologist said hearts ok. Slightly hypothyroid. Have thyroid antibodies.

Slight hypothyroid: Hemoglobin of 9.3 needs close attention.
Slightly hypothyroid doesn't mean much. Either you have hypothyroidism or you do not.
Please discuss these items with your primary doctor.

I would appreciate hearing from you what develops. ...Read more

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I have a paraovarian cyst, lab shows high wbc. High eosinophils, hemglbin a little low diagnosed with hypothyroidism. What could be causing all this?

I have a paraovarian cyst, lab shows high wbc. High eosinophils, hemglbin a little low diagnosed with hypothyroidism. What could be causing all this?

Not likely your cyst: Apparently your cyst is non-functional, so unless there is infection, it should not be causing your readings. Eosinophils can mean a parasitic infection or allergic reaction, while high WBC can mean an infection. Your low hb can be from blood loss or renal issue, and hypothyroid can have many causes. You may have one or many causes for this, but you need more tests so see your dr. For a workup. ...Read more

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28wks pregnant with hypothyroidism. Low = haemoglobin, platelets, RBC, haematocrit &lymphocytes. High MCH, MCV quite high. Anaemia? Or possible cause?

28wks pregnant with hypothyroidism. Low = haemoglobin, platelets, RBC, haematocrit &lymphocytes. High MCH, MCV quite high. Anaemia? Or possible cause?

Anemia and pregnancy: Being pregnant can cause anemia. Discuss with your obstetrician. It also depends what your haemoglobin was before you were pregnant. ...Read more

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My wife has underactive thyroid and also lack of hemoglobin. Treatment has been continuing for 25 days but she suffers from hair loss. What's reason

My wife has underactive thyroid and also lack of hemoglobin. Treatment has been continuing for 25 days but she suffers from hair loss. What's reason

Multiple causes: If she's only 21 years old and has anemia, the source of her anemia needs to be discovered and corrected. Most commonly in females, it it is due to heavy menstrual bleeding. Either way, anemia of any source can cause hair loss. Given her anemia, she should have her iron levels checked and possibly take iron supplements if needed. Similarly low thyroid hormones can cause hair loss. ...Read more

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How to manage low hemoglobin?

How to manage low hemoglobin?

Go to see your MD: Go to see your md and have some more evaluation and work-up. There are many different causes of anemia. Treatment will depend on the cause. ...Read more

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Can you die from low hemoglobin?

Can you die from low hemoglobin?

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

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What should I do if I have low hemoglobin?

What should I do if I have low hemoglobin?

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

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What is considered dangerous in low hemoglobin?

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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What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

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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What causes the body to keep having low hemoglobin.

What causes the body to keep having low hemoglobin.

Anemia: There are many causes of persistant anemia (low hemoglobin).To identify the exact cause, and correct it, a detailed history, physical exam, and lab work is required. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin in toddler?

Low hemoglobin in toddler?

Most common low iron: The most common cause of anemia in a toddler is iron deficiency. Usually this occurs in a toddler that drinks alot of milk, and not much else (not eating foods rich in iron). This is easily diagnosed and reversible with iron supplementation. If this is not the cause, then either blood loss (small amount in stool over time?) or hemoglobinopathy possible (and other things) - see a peds hematologist. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin and high RDW and low mch. Is this serious? Hemoglobin is 118, RDW is 15.4 and MCH is 27.2.

Low hemoglobin and high RDW and low mch. Is this serious? Hemoglobin is 118, RDW is 15.4 and MCH is 27.2.

Probably not: The hemoglobin of 11.8 g/dl is slightly low for a 40 year old female. The RDW is slightly high high and the MCH is low normal. Causes could be mild iron deficiency anemia. These values by themselves are not reason to worry. The context of why they were obtained is important in determining what they mean. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin high platelet, what does it mean?

Low hemoglobin high platelet, what does it mean?

Iron deficiency Anem: You have anemia, most probabely iron deficiency due to excessive blood loss during menstruation and elevated platlets we don't have the number is coincidental finding and do not need any therapy
check with your doctor you MCV and MCH values must be low as well
consult your doctor you may need iron therapy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have low hemoglobin after csection?

Is it normal to have low hemoglobin after csection?

Yes & No: There is nothing normal about having low Hgb. However after pregnancy, since the baby derives their Hgb from the mother, you could have low Hgb. After delivery and especially a C section, there can be a considerable amount of blood loss snd the mother can loose a lot of blood and can end up with low Hgb, so in that sense, it can be Normal. Cont to take prenatal bits & additional FE supp ...Read more

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If low hemoglobin effects the high count of lymphocytes?

Not really: Anemia does not cause elevation of lymphocytes...However the anemia and lymphocytosis may be related as those two may be caused by a particular blood disorder. For instance in a case of chronic lymphocytic leuekemia. When this chronic leukemia becomes more progressive and the cancer burden is becoming higher, anemia can happen. Mhowever, in majority other cases those 2 are not related. D/w md. ...Read more

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Is there a connection betwween low hemoglobin and fatty liver?

Is there a connection betwween low hemoglobin and fatty liver?

Find cause: Fatty liver is very common and may be serious or not, but a low hemoglobin is always a red flag for serious disease. Your physician owes you a complete investigation for your anemia. We do not want to miss blood loss into the gut from a cancer. The anemia workup must proceed; the fatty liver workup (which I suspect is unrelated) can wait. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin and high platelet?

What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin and high platelet?

Iron deficiency Anem: Low hemoglobin may be from excessive blood loss guring menstruation or some other cause and high platlet may be mildly elevated and there is no problem with that
consult your doctor or a hematologist, you may need iron therapy. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin and low white blood count. What does this indicate?

Low hemoglobin and low white blood count. What does this indicate?

Need to know the: Actual results. Low hb may indicate blood loss and it needs to be investigated to rule out bleeding in the stomach and intestine, especially need to rule out colon cancer. Are you on any medication or drink excessively? Either of these could be the cause. All lab results need to be evaluated in the clinical context and your doctor is in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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How does a blood test indicate for patient having low hemoglobin count?

How does a blood test indicate for patient having low hemoglobin count?

Spectrometry: Hemoglobin absorbs light at a certain wavelength. The amount of absorbance is proportional to the level of hemoglobin. The absorption in a given sample of blood is compared to standards to determine the level of hemoglobin in that sample. ...Read more

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What would happen if a person with low hemoglobin donated blood? Would they take it?

Probably not: The red cross sets minimum standards for eligibility consistent with us guidelines to insure the donor's safety as well as safety for the recipient. So below a certain level, you would be "deferred" until it gets high enough to donate safely. Eat your dark greens / red meat for iron and vitamins and give it a try! ...Read more

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I'm in canada. What does it mean when doctor says I have low hemoglobin count of 98?

I'm in canada. What does it mean when doctor says I have low hemoglobin count of 98?

LOW BLOOD COUNT: Hemoglobin refers to the molecule w/in a red blood cell that carries the oxygen. When you have low hemoglobin, you have anemia. Anemia sometimes indicates ongoing bleeding; often hidden from the naked eye, and it can produce increased fatigue, decreased stamina, chest pain & shortness of breath. I assume your hemoglobin is 9.8 in which case you should certainly follow up with your Dr. ...Read more

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I have low hemoglobin of 84 and a late let count of 480, wbc and end are both normal. What could be causing this?

I have low hemoglobin of 84 and a late let count of 480, wbc and end are both normal. What could be causing this?

Iron deficiency: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Low hemoglobin and high platelet counts are typical finding in iron deficiency anemia. You should take oral iron supplement and multivitamins.
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. 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. ...Read more

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My toddlers iron level at 9.1 and low hemoglobin consistently even although he eats a diet rich in iron and vit c. What can cause this?

My toddlers iron level at 9.1 and low hemoglobin consistently even although he eats a diet rich in iron and vit c. What can cause this?

Needs iron supplemen: Your son seems to have an iron deficiency anemia and needs iron supplement. Iron rich diet does not provide enough iron to elevate his hemoglobin level and replete iron reserve. Check with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can you get sudden onset of severe difficulty of breathing then fainting after from a person who has mvp with progressive low hemoglobin?

Can you get sudden onset of severe difficulty of breathing then fainting after from a person who has mvp with progressive low hemoglobin?

Anxiety: Anxiety attacks are common in people with mvp. It is important to control your breathing and try to calm down, xanax (alprazolam) is a good medication for anxiety. See your doctor and discuss treatments. ...Read more

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What does a low hemoglobin level mean? I was told that my 3 year old sons hemoglobin is low because he drinks to much milk. Is this true or is something else wrong. And if so what would it possible be?

Blood loss vs iron: Kids who consume more than 24-30 oz of milk/day can experience tiny amounts of blood loss thru the intestine due to irritation caused by the cow milk protein on the gut wall. Smaller amounts or boiled milk, don't seem to cause this problem. Blood loss, paired with the kids avoidance of other iron containing foods leads to low hemoglobin production & anemia.Other causes are also possible. ...Read more