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Why there is difference in hemoglobin between male and female?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Menstruation

The average hemoglobin concentration in women (12-16 g/dl) is lower than the average concentration in men (14-18 g/dl) because women lose some blood during normal menstruation.

In brief: Menstruation

The average hemoglobin concentration in women (12-16 g/dl) is lower than the average concentration in men (14-18 g/dl) because women lose some blood during normal menstruation.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Testosterone

Although women to have a higher incidence of iron deficiency because of menstruation and pregnancies, that is actually not the reason for the lower level of hemoglobin in females.
Testosterone, the male hormone, causes an increase in red blood cell production, and is responsible for the difference. In fact, testosterone derivatives are sometimes used to treat anemia.

In brief: Testosterone

Although women to have a higher incidence of iron deficiency because of menstruation and pregnancies, that is actually not the reason for the lower level of hemoglobin in females.
Testosterone, the male hormone, causes an increase in red blood cell production, and is responsible for the difference. In fact, testosterone derivatives are sometimes used to treat anemia.
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
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