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Low Red Blood Count
Need to find the : Cause first. How do you know that you your blood count is low? You doctor who ordered the initial test should be in the best position to describe as s/he is likely to have the additional information needed to ascertain the cause of low blood count. In general eating a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and low in saturated fats, no tobacco. Supplements may be needed. ...Read more
Many causes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. ...Read more
Diet is not key: Despite all the huckstering, food choices are important in only a few relatively uncommon illnesses. You've got rheumatoid arthritis and are being treated with a powerful medication. RA itself is prone to cause a moderate anemia that will be better if your illness improves but that you can't otherwise manage. If you're anemic from some other cause, it needs to be worked up. Best wishes. ...Read more
Yes, absolutely: Alcohol can impair blood cell production -- all types, including rbc's, wbc's, and platelets. Alcohol can interfere with iron being absorbed into hemoglobin molecules of rbc's, resulting in iron-deficiency anemia (and it can also lead to GI bleeding which causes anemia from another route). Folate (folic acid) & B12 deficiencies can result in still other kinds of anemias. http://tinyurl.com/mnpf77l. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ca+2, Bones & Anemia: Vit d3, not d per-se, required for calcium absorption & storing in our bones. 99.9% of ca+2 in bones. Also crucial for muscle contraction, /strength, clotting, nerve conduction, etc. Low vit d3 means lower ca+2 absorption rates over time with associated problems. Rbcs with hemoglobin: the red color of blood, carry oxygen; when low (all degrees), called anemia, multiple possible reasons for low. ...Read more
I was wondering how i could have a low red blood count (rbc) but a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit?
No!: They all go together unless you have very small sized red cells in which case you can be anemic but the red blood cell count may still be normal... As in a conditiona called thalasemia. ...Read more
What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?
Anemia: A low red blood cell count is called anemia. Anemia can be further classified as microcytic when due to iron deficiency, or macrocytic when due to B12 deficiency. Sometimes we have a low blood cell count from bleeding or several other disorders. Elevated platelets are called thrombocytosis. Platelets are an acute phase reactant and elevate for several primary and secondary reasons. ...Read more
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