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Why There Is Difference In Hemoglobin Between Male And Female
The same but....: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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: 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
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
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
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