Originally Posted by BikeWNC
My levels have historically been low, in the 12.5/37.5 range. My doctor says it's fine. Pisses me off. There are other low hormone numbers too which he says are no concern. No wonder I can't keep up on the bike with anyone that rides half as much as I do. Lately I been thinking of changing doctors.
I ve always ran around14.2/and 42 for years even when I donate blood, If your test were run in a regular lab not some Dr office equipment. Many office portables can be off by nearly 20% we can't transfuse in our hospitals without a H/H in house to verify results.
People who smoke have higer H/H due to carboxy HGB or Hgb bound to Carbon Monoxide., people who live in cities with air pollution tend to have Higher H/H.
Just be sure your Occult blood is negative and your not on meds that contribute to lower H/H taking asprin can lower your H/H if your sensative to asprin baby asprin will make me have asymptomatic GI bleeds in about 2 days,
Kidney health also plays a role in blood replacement healthy kidneys release a hormone to increase RBC's production .
Vit B12 is very important to normal hgb as is ferritin, B12 is normally made in the gut by benaficial bacteria but can be disrupted from dietary problems or colon flora problems.
I actively use probiotic yogurts to help balance gut flora. One dose of antibiotics or a sever case of GI diarhea, can really mess up gut flora.
I read an article by a renown GI tract DR/Microbiologist that could ID if your at risk for colon cancer by checking your normal GI flora many diets disrupt benaficial flora. Things like high sugar, high fat, low fiber can have negative effects. Your gut flora is constantly trying to over power the bad bacteria certian diets can mess things up.
Last edited by djnzlab1; 12-08-09 at 12:23 PM.