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low hemoglobin and vitamin B12 deficiency

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  • Posted By: tkh1957
  • March 25, 2011
  • 10:05 AM

My husband has a low hemoglobin and donates blood often to try to get it down. His doctor says his B12 is low too. I thought having a low hemoglobin means you have too much iron and a low B12 means you don't have enough iron. How can you have both? Or am I wrong?

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  • My husband has a low hemoglobin and donates blood often to try to get it down. His doctor says his B12 is low too. I thought having a low hemoglobin means you have too much iron and a low B12 means you don't have enough iron. How can you have both? Or am I wrong?Hi TKH,has a low hemoglobin and donates blood often to try to get it downI don't understand. If it is low why would he want to get it down? low B12 means you don't have enough iron. NOPE. Low b12 means low b12 and has nothing at all to do with iron. Low b12 would probably mean high MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin) and high MCV (mean corpuscular volume) as well as multiple other blood abnormalities whereas low iron would be low hematicrit and small red cells. Low iron reduces the size of red cells so with both he might have perfectly normal size blood cells.Come on over to http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?p=276702&posted=1#post276702 to discuss after you read the basics at http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=62327.
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  • I'm sorry. I meant to say the hemoglobin is high 19.3 and hematocrit 60.1.
    tkh1957 10 Replies Flag this Response
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