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Surgery And Low Hemoglobin Levels
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
12.4?: If you mean 12.4 then it is normal. 124 definitely would not be ...Read more
Is a hemoglobin level of 10.9 dangerous? My doctor said she would not clear me for weight loss surgery until I see a hematologist. Why?
It isn't dangerous in the sense that it's life threatening. Commonly in young women anemia is due to iron deficiency from blood loss from menstruation. It's very easy to diagnose and treat but there are many other causes for anemia as well. Because there is risk for blood loss during any surgery, it is best to have your levels in the normal range before going to surgery. Hope this helps ...Read more
I am 18 years old. I had my first period when I was 11. I have always gotten my periods with two month gaps between consecutive periods. I also recently found that my hemoglobin level is low. Is it directly related? Will it affect me in the future? I take
Tell us more: Please send us the report of your Blood counts (CBC). This will tell me the Hemoglobin (Hb) level and then give you better advice. Do you have a family doctor? What did he/she advice regarding your low Hb? It may be due to iron deficiency which is quite common. But this will require checking your blood Iron level and treat it if it low. Let us know more. ...Read more
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
Iam having low hemoglobin of 6.8.from the last few weeks iam eating uncooked rice. Iam unable to stop it, will it effect my hemoglobin level to decrease?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a 24 y/o female, 109lbs. I had a blood test done and my hemoglobin level was 116 (low) what does this mean? How can this be fixed? Will I be okay?
Anemic: This means that you are mildly anemic. The most common cause of anemia in young women is iron deficiency due to menstrual blood loss and/or recent pregnancy/delivery of a child. If iron deficiency is found to be the cause of anemia, iron supplementation should correct the problem. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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