I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are ok. Why?

Various. Iron deficiency is only one of many factors that can cause anemia ( low level of hemoglobin/hematocrit). Deficiency in other nutrient like vit b12, folate, (folic acid) or anemia due to other chronic inflammation/disease, destruction of the red blood cells, drug induced, bone marrow failure, bleeding, other red blood cell disorders etc can cause anemia as well. See you doctor and have further evaluation.

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I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are that of a healthy person; a liver problem?

Anemia. The list of things that can cause anemia is too long to list here, but it includes many other things besides iron deficiency. It is important that you undergo evaluation by a hematologist in order to receive the correct diagnosis and determine the appropriate therapy. Read more...
Unlikely liver... There are many causes. Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool, red blood cell instability [hemoglobinopathies] or destruction [hemolysis]), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Read more...

Is this mild anemia or moderate? Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, mchc. High rdw, esr, platelets. Iron 3 (11-27umol/L).saturation 0.03 (0.20-0.50). B12 162 (198-615).

Complete blood count. You need to send us the results of your CBC(complete blood count: Hb, WBC and Platelet count)) before we can interpret your lab results and whether you have anemia(Low Hemoglobin(Hb) level) Read more...
Anemia. If your hemoglobin is low, this is a measure of how much oxygen carrying protein is in your blood and we call this anemic. Mild and moderate are relative descriptions. It is more important to figure out why there is anemia so that it can be treated appropriately. Read more...
Anemia? Melissa B ~ there is mild iron defic and B12 is down but you dont give the rest of CBC to say anything besides that. Please print the entire CBC and I can tell you whats cooking thanks ! Read more...

What do blood results mean? TIBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, RBC & MCH all LOW. Retic count & RDW are HIGH. Iron, Tran Sat, Ferriten, MCV NORMAL

Anemia. Your results indicate anemia. The cause requires identification. Strong possibilities from high retic count include blood cell hemolysis (breakdown) or blood loss from your body. Needs more attention as soon as possible. Read more...

I am taking iron supplements but my hemoglobin & hematocrit numbers keep getting lower. What am I doing wrong?

Anemia. You need to get rechecked . Probably doing nothing wrong, Need to figure out why you are anemic. Read more...
Anemia . Anemia means red blood cells are lower than normal; sometimes low in number or volume, sometimes low in hemoglobin (the oxygen carrying protein.) There are many causes of anemia besides menstrual bleeding & iron deficiency. Clues to the cause of anemia can be gathered by careful history & review of the lab data. Consider consulting a medical doctor in the office or an Inbox Consult on HealthTap. . Read more...

24 weeks pregnant. Hemoglobin, hematocrit & RBC in normal range. Ferritin really low at only 8 ug/L, cut off >14. Should I worry about iron levels?

Take treatment. All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, iron deficiency is easily treated with over the counter iron supplements. You should be under the care of an OB and s/he should be consulted for proper treatment. Read more...