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Why There Is Difference In Hemoglobin Between Male And Female
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Each hemoglobin molecule is able to carry 4 oxygen molecules. The iron atom in the hemoglobin enables it to bind to the oxygen.
As blood passes through the lungs, it is exposed to oxygen and become oxygenated hence Oxyhemoglobin
as the blood passes in tissues, it gives away the oxygen and becomes de oxygenated. Hence DeOxy hemoglobin ...Read more
Normal and Abnormal: Hemoglobin consists of two pairs of polypeptides chains. It exists inside the red blood cells ANS is important for oxygen transport. Hemoglobin a is one of the normal hemoglobins and has alpha2/beta2 chains. Hemoglobin s is a mutant hemoglobin responsible for sickle cell trait and disease. Hemoglobin s is poorly soluble when deoxygenated given the red cell the sickle shape. ...Read more
Anemia vs diabetes: A hemoglobin is measured to screen someone for anemia. A hemoglobin a1c is measured to screen for diabetes or to evaluate a person known to have diabetes. They are quite different, though certain disorders of hemoglobin type can also alter how one should interpret an a1c value. ...Read more
I was told by a urologist that I have hemoglobin in my urine with no blood. Does hemoglobin means I have blood in my urine? What's the difference??
Severe Anemia: 51 y/o male asks For men if hemoglobin is 5.4 what are the causes for it. That is Severe Anemia Normal hemoglobin range for men usually 12.1 to 15.9. So one is losing blood from somewhere in the body &/or not making enough blood somehow. This is a significant issue which should be brought to the Urgent attention of ones PCP, Gastroenterologist and/or Hematologist for some form of intervention. ...Read more
Mildly low: This is marginally low. If it is consistently on the low side then it does warrant further evaluation for causes of anemia, like iron studies, vitamin b12, folic acid, protein studies, kidney and liver studies, thyroid studies, etc. Really the evaluation is depending on other red blood cell parameters and your history and risk factors! ...Read more
My hemoglobin has always been in the low 12 s. It now fell into the 11s. Should I be concerned? I am a 45 year old female.
Anemia is a broad term for low hemoglobin caused by many different things. Common things are common as we say.
For a woman who is still having her menses, it's not unusual to be mildly anemic. Make sure your diet has enough iron.
If you or your doctor doesn't suspect iron deficiency, then it will require workup for other things.
Good luck! ...Read more
My Hemoglobin is 10.8 (range 12-16.5) (female, 25.) do not experience any symptoms. It was a routine test. How low is this? Can I manage without medicine?
Find the cause: Anemia has over a hundred different causes. If it's iron deficiency, the cause must be sought -- you don't want to miss bleeding from a cancer or bad stomach ulcer. It may simply be your monthly loss and/or your diet (if you're a non-supplementing vegetarian, expect health issues.) Other anemias warn of serious treatable disease. Let the workup proceed. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have had a high hemoglobin for yrs. I am a smoker. My last hemoglobin was 16.7. In 2013 it was 16.08. Is this extremely high for a 66 yr. Old female?
High hemoglobin: Wish to have your CBC for review. Hb 16.7 seems a little high for a female of your age. Smoking, lung disease (COPD), sleep apnea, and etc are known to cause secondary high hemoglobin by decreasing oxygen level in blood. Infrequently, PV (a bone marrow disorder) can cause primary high hemoglobin (usually much higher). Stop smoking and/or see a hematologist to rule out other conditions. ...Read more
Is this new?: I'm not sure in what context you had these labs done but if the numbers I am reading are correct this is related to renal failure and severe anemia.It all depends if this just happened (acute) or has been going on for a while. It also depends on what else is happening and other symptoms and abnormalities found. This requires immediate evaluation if new (go to ED) or close follow up if for a long time ...Read more
I am a 37 year old female and my ferritin level is >8 and my hemoglobin had dropped from 16.3 to 12.7 in 3 months. Should I be concerned?
No: 16.3 is quite high and 12.7 is perfectly normal for a female. ...Read more
24 male. 135lbs. Most my diet is veg, bloods showed low end hemoglobin. Retested few months later showed higher than usual. Why is this?
Take charge here: Please talk with your physician. If you are a vegetarian, you need to supplement. Despite all the disinformation from the "vegetarian community", it is difficult to get adequate iron, calcium, iodine, vitamin A, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12. General ill-health occurs just from iron deficiency before anemia appears. Hemoglobin varies by a % or two just based on your hydration. ...Read more
I had a RBC of 4.15 and hemoglobin of 12.6 last Monday. Today, one week later my RBC is 3.9 and hemoglobin is 12.3. I am a 50 yr female. Normal??
Normal: This is well within the normal limits of most laboratories. There may be a reason your doctor was requesting this. If you continue to have symptoms or concerns contact your primary care doctor. ...Read more
Should I be concerned of a hemoglobin 17? I'm a 36 yr old female, I work out about 5 days a week, have gained 25lbs since last October, thyroids fine
Kindly advised for my friend male 34 hemoglobin 4.1 and creatinine 34.2 levels what happen to his kidney if this is the situation. Thanks.
Can be fatal: A Hgb of 4.1 suggests near cardiac collapse. If no immediate transfusion. Patient can go into irreversible cardiac failure. Having an elevated creatinine in the 30 range means kidney failure, .Creatinine is a waste product that is eliminated in urine.. With a creatinine >10 dialysis is usually suggested. Patient may be having a terminal event unless quickly transfused and hydrated. ...Read more
Erythrocytes 4.14 hematocrit 35.1 hemoglobin 11.7 any cause for concern? What can cause these low numbers? I am a male.
No sweat: Those numbers are still considered normal, albeit on the low end, perhaps. I wouldn't get too worked up. You can repeat them in 3-4 months if there's concern. Watch for changes in stool color or size. You could try an iron supplement, or just take in a better supply of red meats and dark green, leafy vegetables. Your doctor can guide you. Good luck. ...Read more
I am a 22 year-old male with an above average hemoglobin level of 17.7 g/dL. Is that a problem, and what can I do to decrease it?
Hydrate and donate:
Make sure that your real level if you have the blood test in a circumstances that you could be dehydrated then your level will be higher than normal if you think your hydration was perfect at the time then you check with your physician
first and ask if you can donate blood that will be one way to bring it down in good healthy generous way ...Read more
I'm a 23 yr old female my hemoglobin level was a 3 they gave me 5 bags of blood in october and now im haven the same symptoms why?
I don't know..: You are either not making blood or you are losing it from somewhere. You need a thorough medical evaluation to sort this out. And soon! ...Read more
I am a 24 y/o female, 109lbs. I had a blood test done and my hemoglobin levels were low what does this mean? How can this be fixed? Will I be okay?
Is 15.5 a high hemoglobin level? Or is it normal for a 33 year old female? Some labs that number is in normal range. Some labs it is out of range.
It is normal Hb: I would be concerned if it was over 16 Gms/dl ...Read more
Hi, I see a Hemoglobin level of 7.5 and Iron Level of 40 mg/dl as per clinical tests. What is the impact, can it be cured with tablets. Female : 25 y?
I had a cbc and my hemoglobin was 15.9 and hemocratic was 48% for a female. Could it be because I had only had three coffees that day and topamax (topiramate)?
Reassurance: Your hematological studies are normal. No cause for concern. ...Read more
Hgb 13.5-17: RBCS 4.3 to 5.5. Make sure the lab is using the units that are the same as USA to compare the numbers ...Read more
I have a high hemoglobin level of 162 (female) it has raised from 141 2 weeks ago and I feel very tired all the time?
Don't appear "right" to me.
Ask again with careful use of decimal points and (if possible) NORMAL RANGE for LAB used!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
My hemoglobin level is 14.6. I am 25 year old male. What is normal hemoglobin, what it depicts about my future health? RBC count is also high.
That's fine: That hemoglobin is perfectly normal for a man. And reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either side. ...Read more
My hemoglobin level is 11 3 what is the chance it is a cancer of some sort. My levels were fine at my physical last year. I am a male 63 years of age?
Walk B4 U Run: What was your hb last year? 11.3 is only a little low. Anemia may be due to different causes, many of which are not secondary to cancer. Your doctor will be able to do some simple lab tests to determine if it is due to decreased production of red blood cells or increased loss. If (s)he identifies evidence of internal bleeding from the GI tract, you will need to see a GI doctor for endoscopy. ...Read more
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