I have an HB level of 19.4. Is that fatal for me?
No, it is not dangerous. It can be resolved with diet and medications. However, if left untreated it can lead to blood clots, heart attack and strokes.
It has been found that fruits and vegetables such as bananas, apples, apricots, papayas, tomatoes, spinach and water melon are known to increase hemoglobin levels in the body.
An A1C test can show your average glucose level for the past three months because: Glucose sticks to hemoglobin for as long as the red blood cells are alive. The red blood cells live for three months. This is the reason HBA1C is done every 3 months.
In males, a healthy hemoglobin level is between 13.2 and 16.6 grams per deciliter of blood (g/dL). In females, a hemoglobin count of between 11.6 and 15 g/dL is considered normal and healthy. 17.4 is slightly on the higher side you must consult a doctor specially if you are feeling tired and bruising easily.
High hemoglobin levels are most often caused by low oxygen levels in the blood (hypoxia), present over a long period of time. Common reasons include undiagnosed medical conditions such as bone marrow disease that causes abnormal increase in red blood cells (polycythemia vera) and heart diseases. In addition, certain medications can also hamper with hemoglobin levels.