I'm a 25 y.o. male and am wondering what your interpretation of these WBC and RBC counts is.
WBC 4.1 K/uL (normal range: 3.8-11.1)
RBC 4.64L M/uL (normal range: 4.7-6.1)
I realize that these are near the low end of normal and wouldn't normally be alarming, so please let me explain why I'm posting this thread.
1. I'm a hard-core endurance athlete (I run for my college's cross country team) and, because of that, I wonder how much this one-size-fits-all normal range applies to my body. Maybe it still does, but it would seem to me that athletes would need a higher RBC count than non-athletes. Am I wrong?
2. I've been seriously ill with a difficult to diagnose malabsorption problem for around 4 years now. Many things ARE out of whack in my body and (so far) the best luck I've had has been with symptom treating. I'm not disillusioned about my root problem being anemia, but if these numbers DO seem low for a serious athlete, then maybe it would provide a little bit of relief to my body if I tried treating it. These are actually the highest WBC and RBC counts I've had since becoming sick. My old WBC counts were always at 3.6 and my RBC counts were at 4.45 and 4.39.
Please fire away if you have questions. Thanks to everyone for reading this.