Do you know that it is possible during the same consultation to know if you are anemic, the doctor will ask the nurse to take a drop of blood from your finger, it is completely painless, and the result is quickly obtained after 5 minutes.
What is hemoglobin ?
Hemoglobin is a very important protein for our body because it allows red blood cells, blood cells, to transport oxygen from our lungs to the different organs and muscles of our body. It's a bit like a truck that transports crates full of oxygen throughout our body!
Ihemoglobin is a little "machine" in our body that helps carry the oxygen we breathe around our body. It is found in small cells called red blood cells.
When we breathe, our body needs oxygen to function. Hemoglobin binds to oxygen to transport it to our muscles, brains and organs so that our body can do everything it needs to do. It is very important for good health!
Why measure your hemoglobin level?
The normal hemoglobin value depends on age, sex and other individual factors. In general, for an adult, the normal hemoglobin value is about 12 to 16 grams per deciliter of blood.
If the hemoglobin level is too low, it may be a sign of anemia. Anemia is a blood disorder that occurs when the body does not produce enough red blood cells or the red blood cells do not contain enough hemoglobin. Symptoms of anemia can include fatigue, weakness, dizziness and headache.
If the hemoglobin level is too high, it can be a sign of several conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or polycythemia.
In some cases, it can also be a sign of cancer or another underlying disease.
Symptoms may include headache, dizziness and feeling hot.
It is important to discuss with our doctor if you have any concerns regarding your hemoglobin level.
Our doctor may recommend additional tests or treatment based on your symptoms and test results.