Erythrocyte

What are erythrocytes?
This test measures the number of red blood cells. This is a quick way of evaluating a person’s red blood cells and checking for conditions like anaemia. This test is included in Nordic Wellth’s Complete Blood Count (CBC) test.

Why test erythrocytes?
Our packages include erythrocytes / red blood count:
Complete blood count (CBC) test

Health check
Discover your risk factors for lifestyle diseases in time to do something about them.

Symptoms
Symptoms of anemia include weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and pale skin.

Monitoring
Monitor changes to your blood values as you make lifestyle changes or undergo treatments.

What do the results mean?

What causes low erythrocyte levels?
A low level indicates anemia, the most common of which is iron deficiency anemia (IDA). This can be due to a lack of dietary iron, iron loss, pregnancy, or malabsorption and is associated with certain health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Low B12, folate, and long-term alcohol consumption can also increase the risk of anemia. The results of an RBC test are considered alongside other test results. Some causes of a low RBC count include trauma, red blood cell destruction, bleeding from the digestive tract, nutrient deficiency, and various health conditions. Low RBC could indicate a need for vitamin C.

What causes high erythrocyte levels?
Known as polycythemia, high levels have a number of causes including dehydration, lung disease, smoking, and asthma.

More Information
The erythrocyte test measures the number of red blood cells in the blood. Red blood cells transport oxygen from the lungs around the body, and carbon dioxide back to the lungs. If the RBC count is low (as with anemia), the body cannot get the oxygen required. If the RBC is too high (polycythemia), red blood cells may clump together and block the capillaries, reducing the RBC’s ability to transport oxygen.

Values that are slightly outside the reference range can be normal. Reference ranges are not perfect and approximately 5% of healthy individuals may have results outside the reference range.

Instructions
No advance preparation is needed for this test.

On the day of the test
Always take your ID with you when going for a test. Arrive early and sit down quietly for 15 minutes before the test is taken.
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