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I have been told i have a high HGB 162 Can you tell me if

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I have been told i have a high HGB 162
Can you tell me if that is true?
Welcome to and thank you for your question.
I am going to assist you with your question. First I need a little more information-

Can you please tell reference range for hemoglobin (Hg or Hgb) levels?
Are you a chronic smoker?
Are you suffering from any medical condition or on any medication ?
How is your general health?

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Dr. Robert
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

I am a smoker 20 a day! Though i did stop for 2 years i started again last year!!

The ref range was 120-160 g/l

I was told i had a fatty liver too. I do also have a drink though as i work offshore i dont drink for sometimes months but i do drink more than i should maybe twice a week when im home.

Im not overweight for my size and my heat and lung functions were normal

Dear Customer, Thanks for providing quick additional information.
I can understand your concern.

Well, Hemoglobin is the protein found in red blood cells.
It is responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the bodies tissues.

You have slightly raised levels of hemoglobin. It is not of much concern.
It can be found in people who smoke or are dehydrated or who live in high altitudes.

You should avoid extreme temperatures,and should exercise daily.
You should keep yourself well hydrated and drink lots of water.
You should try to decrease habit of smoking, It can be difficult, but you should slowly reduce daily intake.

As such, there is no reason to get panic with such levels.
As you had a history of chronic smoking, so this is most likely cause for such slightly raised levels.

You can get a re-check of hemoglobin levels after 3 months.
It can be common, to have such levels, and would not cause any serious issue.

I hope this helps.

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