Anemic Or Not Anemic?


Asked by Wendy

Anemic Or Not Anemic?

I am a 50 year old woman. Last week I had a blood test done and my hemoglobin is at 10.8. Somebody told me that you can be a little iron deficient without actually being anemic. Is 10.8 considered too high to be anemia, or am I considered an anemic even at that number? Sorry if this sounds like a strange question.


Hi Wendy,

As someone becomes iron deficient there is a series of 4 stages they pass through. In the early stages of iron deficiency ferriton stores become depleted. However, if you were to check your hemoglobin at this time all would look fine.

So, in answer to your question a hemoglobin level of 10.8 is considered deficient making you anemic. (However, if you are pregnant normal levels are lower and vary depending on your trimester.)

There are many different types of anemia. Here's a link to info:


I recommend discussing with your physician.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN