What is hemoglobin | What causes hemoglobin level to drop | Difference between hemoglobin and iron
What is hemoglobin?
Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in the Red blood cells (RBC) that carries oxygen from the lungs to a different part of body tissues and carries carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.
What causes hemoglobin level to drop?
The normal hemoglobin level for men ranges from 13.5 grams/deciliter to 17.5 grams/deciliter.
The normal hemoglobin level for woman ranges from 12.0 grams/deciliter to 15.0 gram/deciliter.
Causes for lower hemoglobin- The reason for lower hemoglobin is blood loss due to
- Nutritional deficiency like iron, folate
- Prolonged menstrual bleeding (anovulatory cycle)
-. Blood loss due to traumatic injury
- Major surgery
- Stomach ulcer
Hemoglobin (a protein) in red blood cell carries oxygen throughout the body. Low hemoglobin level causes the body to have less red blood cells. Lower hemoglobin level indicates of Anemia.
Symptoms may include ( In severe decrease of hemoglobin count)
- A headache
- Difficulty in breathing
- Brittle nails
- Cravings to eat ice and clay
- Depending on the underlying causes of lower hemoglobin, treatment should be done accordingly. Contact your doctor for the test and check-ups.
-Hemoglobin level can be detected or determined by a blood test. Test your blood yearly to keep track of your healthy hemoglobin numbers.
-If you get any of the symptoms mentioned above immediately contact your healthcare provider for necessary treatment and medicines.
-Take a proper nutritious diet. Include Iron and folic acid to your daily intake.
Iron and Hemoglobin
- Iron is an essential element that helps in blood production. In other words, iron is needed to make hemoglobin in the body.
- Hemoglobin in other hand carries oxygen from the lungs to the different part of the body tissues.
*Disclaimer- This article is written to provide only information and general idea.
This article should not be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition.
Please consult your healthcare provider before any diagnosis, treatment or medication.
The statistical information given is taken from internet sources.