How to read blood work results?

By: Haadi Hafeez M.D.
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Typically when blood work is received back from the lab, it is conveniently documented as a report with each blood constituent given a numerical value.


These numbers are gauged against the averages for that particular value, giving physicians a clear reading of a potential abnormality that could be present. When a particular value on the report is higher or lower than the average, it is often highlighted; prompting the attention of the physician.


Low levels of hemoglobin and hematocrit suggest anemia; a disorder in the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells, signaling the physician to proceed with further testing.

This article, and the products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please see your health care provider before taking any supplements or starting a new program.

Having a deep passion for science and education, Haadi career path has led him to pursue a future in medicine, successfully achieving the distinction of MD. He is always in the pursuit of academic knowledge through research and medical communications, and enjoys writing educational medical content to reach a broader audience; helping readers make informed medical decisions.

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