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What causes a low hemoglobin level?

What causes a low hemoglobin level?

Let explain: Low hemoglobin count isn't always a sign of illness — it may be normal for some people. Women who are pregnant commonly experience low hemoglobin counts.
Diseases and conditions that cause your body to produce fewer red blood cells than normal include: aplastic anemia and others.
Diseases and conditions that cause your body to destroy red blood cells faster than they can be made:enlarged spleen. ...Read more

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What can cause low hemoglobin level?

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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What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

Fatigue breathing: When your hemoglobin level falls, you get tiired - the lower it gets, the more fatigued. When it gets really low, you may experience shortness of breath. As it gets even lower, it can cause heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and even clotting off of arteries to the gut, fingers, etc. ...Read more

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Does the low hemoglobin level affect the food appetite?

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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What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

Thanks for asking!: Pregnant women with hemoglobin levels below 11.0 g/dl are generally considered anemic, though complications and symptoms from anemia during pregnancy do not usually occur until hemoglobin levels are well below 11.0 g/dl. ...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?

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

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Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not , during very early time)?

Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not , during very early time)?

Hemoglobin level : Hemoglobin level simply help detect anemia. Anemia can have many cause such as iron def anemia, B12 def anemia, etc. Pregnancy also associated with low hemoglobin level due to sharing of blood between mom and the baby. Pregnancy testing by blood is the standard test for confirming pregnancy. So a very low hemoglobin level cannot accurately predict pregnancy. ...Read more

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I've had severe anemia and an extremely low hemoglobin level for 5 years. How can I treat and possibly cure this condition?

I've had severe anemia and an extremely low hemoglobin level for 5 years. How can I treat and possibly cure this condition?

Iron: But first, you need to find the cause. Are you bleeding, destroying your blood, or not making blood. The most common cause is that you are losing blood. You need to talk with your doctor. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If i had sex on the 20 of sept and my period came on the 11 of oct , on 17 oct i found I have a very low hemoglobin level can I be pregnant ?

If i had sex on the 20 of sept and my period came on the 11 of oct , on 17 oct i found I have a very low hemoglobin level can I be pregnant ?

Depends: Generally if you have a period, it means you are not pregnant at that time. Pregnancies have been reported after intercourse at any time in the menstrual cycle. The surest way to confirm a pregnancy is a home pregnancy test or a test at a doctors' office or clinic.
If you have a very low hemoglobin, probably best to check with a doctor, but i don't see how that relates to possible pregnancy. ...Read more

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

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

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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Is it possible for you to still have a hysterectomy with low hemoglobin levels?

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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Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

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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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 should I do if I have very low hemoglobin levels?

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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What does it mean if you have low hematocrit or hemoglobin level?

What does it mean if you have low hematocrit or hemoglobin level?

Anemia: A low hemoglobin or hematocrit means you have anemia. They are different ways to measure the red blood cells in your bloodstream. There are many causes for anemia but they fall into 3 categoreis: increased destruction, decreased production and blood loss. ...Read more

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37 year old woman 29 week of pregnant ,high grade fever last 1 week,plecenta slightly displace abnormal fetal movement hemoglobin level low lDh level?

37 year old woman 29 week of pregnant ,high grade fever last 1 week,plecenta slightly displace abnormal fetal movement hemoglobin level low lDh level?

High fever, pregnant: This could be very serious. You require immediate medical attention with high fever for over a week and pregnant. Can you see a doctor, or go to a hospital or clinic as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have low Hemoglobin and high levels of calcium. Frequent tachycardia episodes made me do the blood test. What can this be? Thanks

I have low Hemoglobin and high levels of calcium. Frequent tachycardia episodes made me do the blood test. What can this be? Thanks

Depends: Simple anemia....low hemoglobin can cause tachycardia. Marginal high calcium has no effect. Very high, may need parathyroid evaluation....that may relate to tachycardia also. ...Read more

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Does having low hemoglobin (eg blood levels around 6-8) require the body to have a higher calorie intake? If so, why?

Does having low hemoglobin (eg blood levels around 6-8) require the body to have a higher calorie intake? If so, why?

No: Anemia has many causes and each cause requires specific treatment. Some due to Iron or vitamin deficiency will require the specific vitamin or iron and treatment underlying cause ...Read more

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I had a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin. My iron level was 6 and is now 9 after two units. I still feel weak and really tired after 3 days?

I had a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin. My iron level was 6 and is now 9 after two units. I still feel weak and really tired after 3 days?

Of course you do: You are still seriously anemic. Be proactive. Insist on an explanation of how you got this sick and what wil be done to restore you to health. If you have a bleeding stomach ulcer, what will be done? If you have hemolysis, what is the cause? G6PD status? Were you malnourished? You deserve a full explanation. ...Read more

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Do broken bones cause low hematocrit and hemoglobin levels?

Do broken bones cause low hematocrit and hemoglobin levels?

Rarely: If there are fractures of large bones like femur, there may be enough bleeding into the tissue to cause a fall in hemoglobin level. ...Read more

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I have a positive ANA with a speckled pattern and low RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit levels what could that be indicative of?

I have a positive ANA with a speckled pattern and low RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit levels what could that be indicative of?

AUTOIMMUNE DZ: Autoimmune disease like Luous and Ra. You need to follow up with your doctor to see if you have other stigmata present and get more through lab testing done. If they are low positive they are a nonspecific finding and may not be a sign for concern. I would recommend a gluten free diet to decrease inflammation Wholeapproach.com and gutbliss.com. Also the vitamins I recommend on rejuvenationscience. ...Read more

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Im a 22 year old female and i already had a blood transfusion because of my very low hemoglobin... What should I do to keep my hemoglobin level up?

Im a 22 year old female and i already had a blood transfusion because of my very low hemoglobin... What should I do to keep my hemoglobin level up?

More info needed: You must have a talk with your physician to find out why you have low hemoglobin---excess menstrual bleeding? Blood in bowel movements? Nosebleeds? Well-rounded diet? Medications? Good luck. ...Read more

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Does stress lead to low level in hemoglobin?

Does stress lead to low level  in hemoglobin?

Maybe/indirect?: Stress, by itself doesn't lead to low hemoglobin levels. Having said this, stress can do many things indirectly, like raise blood pressure, and possibly alter hormones that can have an indirect effect on the blood, and so change concentration of things like neutrophils, lymphocytes, as well as hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What happens when hemoglobin level drops too low?

You die: Miserably. Forgive my frankness. Think about being so short of breath that walking across a room feels like a fat person trying to run a marathon. Plus, every anemia is a warning of hidden disease, very often treatable. Please get managed by a scientific practitioner. ...Read more

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Good afternoon ,my question is if the 12.3 hemoglobin level not too low ?

Good afternoon ,my question is if the 12.3 hemoglobin level not too low ?

No: Hemoglobin of 12.3 is normal for a women. Women have about 2.0 gm less hemoglobin than men, but manage to have the same oxygen carrying capacity by having higher levels of 2-3 DPG.
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

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Should I postpone the surgery if my hemoglobin level is low?

Should I postpone the surgery if my hemoglobin level is low?

Why is it low.: This is an impossible question to answer without more information.
How low is it,
how old are you,
has a physician figured out why it is low,
what is the surgery.
As you can see this is to complex an issue to any in a forum such as this
what you need to do is talk to the surgeon scheduled to do your procedure and come up with a plan.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I was told I have hemoglobin level of 98 and iron was a 4 is that very low?

I was told I have hemoglobin level of 98 and iron was a 4 is that very low?

Forgive my frankness: Iron deficiency is extremely serious even if "mild." You need to find the cause and address it. Even if it is heavy periods and not a lot of meat in your diet, it needs to be addressed. You become fatigued and unable to do your best in life even before anemia begins. And you may well have a bleeding stomach ulcer that could kill you with a massive bleed. Get this evaluated. ...Read more

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