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What Is Haemoglobin Syrup Used For
Cause trouble: Hemoglobin s is the substitute inherited hemoglobin in those with sickle cell anemia. This is protective against malaria but is not helpful away from malaria areas. It causes the blood to clot inappropriately, leads to susceptibility to infections, causes clotting and of course low blood count.
Colorimetry: Blood is centrifuged to separate the blood plasma from blood cells. A reagent is added that, when exposed to hemoglobin, produces a color change in the test solution. This measured in a spectrophotometer and the free hemoglobin calculated.
Are they too high?: Most people are trying to increase their hemoglobin levels because low levels would be a sign of anemia (low blood count). If your hemoglobin levels are too high it may be mild polycythemia due to cigarette smoking, or more serious form of "thick blood" called polycythemia vera. This condition requires treatment, sometimes in the form of medication, & sometimes by removing blood from your body!
New or old?: If your hemoglobin was 12 last week and now suddenly is 8.6 that could be dangerous and a sign of bleeding or destruction of red cells which if sudden can compromise body organ's oxygen supply. If the development of this hemoglobin was slow and chronic (over months or years) your body can adapt but you should definitely see a hematologist and your primary care dr soon.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes, if you have the: Right equipment. You may procure home test equipment for hemoglobin testing. However, it is more important to ask, why do you want to do that and what will you do with the results? If you have concerns about being anemic, talk to your doctor. If you must you may purchase the equipment from the vendor listed below: http://www. Aetna. Com/cpb/medical/data/800_899/0824.html
Eat Iron Rich Foods: That's the simple answer. However, you also need to retain the blood you have. If your periods are very heavy, that is bleeding clots that look like pieces of liver, or your period is lasting over 7 days, changing over one pad per hour, then your period is too heavy. Otherwise, you can eat foods such as green leafy vegetables, beets, liver (if you don't have gout or high cholesterol) & take iron otc.
Whoa: If you are anemic, it is a serious business. You do not just treat a lab value. Your physician has a duty to tell you why you are anemic, if your are iron deficient why you are iron deficient, and what treatment is in order. Further, you need to know that despite all the unscientific / entertainment claim on the internet, diet isn't the key to managing most illness. Demand straight talk from ur dr.
If you get thre: Slowly the ability to "compensate" is truly remarkable. A colleague saw values down to 2 while doing mission work in uganda.
Hemoglobin C trait: If I understand correctly, you are describing someone who carries one dose of hemoglobin c, and one dose of normal hemoglobin. This is usually a non-problem. If instead you are describing a person with elevated hemoglobin a1c, this is a marker for poor diabetes control. I'm glad you're proactive -- best wishes.
Long list: Low hemoglobin, anemia, may be due lack of production of red cells as in aplastic anemia, thalassemia, lack of iron, B12 and or folate; it may be due blood loss, e.g., excessive menstrual loss, bleeding in intestine; and due to excessive destruction of red cells as in spherocytosis and autoimmune hemolytic anemia and more. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/anemia/ds00321.
What is A1C: Good review- http://tinyurl. Com/2cvet3o this test tells you what your blood glucose level has been (on average) for the past 120 days. Your level of 7.8 shows yours has been elevated, and can be consistent with diabetes as well as other things. See your primary care doc to get this further evaluated.See 1 more doctor answer
Find cause: You should not try to treat your own anemia without finding a cause. Although the most common cause worldwide is iron deficiency, there are other anemias for which iron treatment is dangerous. Even for iron deficiency an underlying cause must be found. Please get with your physician, find the actual cause, and accept scientific treatment that is right for you.
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