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Low haemoglobin levels, tiredness, eating lots of red meat, vegetables. Cure?

HI. I went to give blood and was told my Haemoglobin was too low. The reading was 118. I am a 32year old man, 6 tall, 14st, fit healthy and active. I have felt tired, but put this down to working too hard. I eat well, and eat a lot of red meat and veg. Any thoughts on what could be causig this? And what to do about it? Thanks!
Asked On : Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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Hi simonp.davies , greetings from

I have gone through your case scenario and feel that you need to go for some extra tests like serum ferritin levels , stool for occult blood. These tests will see whether you actually have low iron stores or sufering chronic silent blood loss . Also i advocate an ultrasonography of upper abdomen to see your spleen size and liver span , as these do increase in certain types of anemia. Since you have not mentioned i assume you do not have any bleeding problem and other co-morbid conditions like hypertension and thyroid disorder. I firmly advice you to visit a primary care physician and get your self evaluated clinically and discuss with him in details regarding your plan. You have not mentioned so i assume you do not smoke and drink. Hope i have been able to answer your query. Take care
Answered: Wed, 31 Oct 2012
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