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Hemoglobin is a protein that carry oxygen from lungs to the body and brings back carbon dioxide from body back to the lungs. Hemoglobin level gives an indication of blood’s ability to carry oxygen. Hematocrit gives a more accurate estimate of hemoglobin.

Hemoglobin and Hematocrit are decreased with:
– Iron deficiency Anemia
– Bleeding
– Kidney disease
– Cancer
– Medications
– Vitamin deficiency
– Radiation
– Pregnancy
– Overhydration

Hemoglobin and Hematocrit are increased with:
– Lung disease /Smoking
– Sleep Apnea
– Use of diuertics
– High altitude
– Anabolic steroids
– Cancer of kidney, liver, brain, adrenals
– Uterine fibroids
– Polycythemia