Q. Is hemoglobin level of 17. 1 normal?

Answered by
Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Last reviewed at: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

I am a 27 year old male. My hemoglobin level is 17.1. Last month when I donated blood I came to know that this. Again this month, when I checked, the level remains the same. I would like to know whether it is normal. If it is abnormal what should I follow to bring back that to normal?

Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrics Hematology Pathology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Based on your query, my opinion is as follows:

Hemoglobin level of 17.1 is near normal. Increased hemoglobin can be seen in conditions, where oxygenation is less, like hilly areas, lung disorders and the air you breathe is low in oxygen. To compensate red blood cells increases and hence the hemoglobin. In these conditions, hemoglobin can be more than 18 g% and we call this condition as polycythemia. At present, for you it is not polycythemia. Unless it is more than 18 g%, there is nothing to worry. No need to return it to normal. Few books do say that the range between 13.5 and 17.5 is normal in male. At present, there is nothing to worry. Blood donation is good and do continue it.

For further information consult a hematologist online -->https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/hematologist

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