What Does My Hemoglobin Level Tell Me?  

The ideal Hemoglobin level is 13.7 gm/dLs.  Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. 

Pregnant Females 

Pregnant females are advised to avoid both high and low hemoglobin levels to avoid increasing risks of stillbirths (high hemoglobin) and premature birth or low-birth-weight baby (low hemoglobin).

Adults 

Normal Hemoglobin levels for adult males are considered to be 12.4 - 18 gm/dL.  The standard normal range for adult females is 11.7 - 16 gm/dL.  Once people start getting higher or lower than the ideal level of 13.7 gm/dL, their risk of dementia goes up.  Milk and dairy products lower the hemoglobin level because milk blocks the iron. Eating meat raises the hemoglobin levels.  Eating beans and greens and eliminating animal products will help you stay at the ideal level and will lower your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease

To find out your hemoglobin level you will need to check with your physician.  Alternatives include a visit to an "Any Lab Test" location in your town and pay $49 for a CBC (complete blood test). 

                      For a FREE chart that you can print off and fill in with your test results, click here.

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