Haemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that transfers oxygen from the lungs, around the body, and to other cells. It manages to do that through the blood vertebrates.
Individual haemoglobin levels vary, but men typically have higher haemoglobin levels than women. The appropriate levels should be between 13.5 and 17.5 grams per deciliter in males. 12.0 to 15.5 grams per deciliter for women.
If you suffer from iron deficiency, this may lead to low haemoblogin levels. Low levels of haemoglobin may lead to symptoms like:
- fast, irregular heartbeat.
- shortness of breath.
Aside from these side effects, low haemoglobin may lead to anaemia and later to kidney disease.« Back to Glossary Index