Hemoglobin & Hematocrit
Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the body’s tissues. Your blood can be tested for how hemoglobin it contains.
Hematocrit is a blood test that measures the number and size of red blood cells.
Because IBD can often cause an increased loss of blood, many people with IBD have a low hemoglobin and hematocrit. Performing this test will inform the doctor if you are anemic. Anemia can be responsible for fatigue.
Normal values for men
- Hemoglobin (HgB): 13.5-17.5 mg/dL
- Hematocrit (HCT): 41%-53%
Normal values for women
- Hemoglobin (HgB): 12-16 mg/dL
- Hematocrit (HCT): 36%-44%