What would be the Consequences of a deficiency of Hemoglobin in our bodies?

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Updated on: September 25th, 2023

The consequences of a deficiency of hemoglobin in our bodies is – it makes a person anemic, decrease the oxygen carrying capacity of blood and slow functioning of body parts.

Consequences of a Deficiency of Hemoglobin

  1. A pigment called haemoglobin aids in distributing oxygen via the blood to every region of the body.
  2. It serves as an oxygen carrier and is found in red blood cells.
  3. An individual becomes anaemic due to a haemoglobin shortage, which results in a reduction in red blood cells.
  4. The blood’s ability to carry oxygen will be reduced if haemoglobin levels are low.
  5. As a result of the reduced availability of oxygen, a decrease in haemoglobin in the blood causes bodily parts to operate slowly and causes weakness.

Types of Hemoglobin

The main types of Haemoglobin are –

  1. The most prevalent type of haemoglobin found in adult humans is haemoglobin A. It consists of two alpha chains and two beta chains together.
  2. Approximately 2-3% of the haemoglobin contained in an adult person is haemoglobin A2, which is made up of two alpha and two delta chains.
  3. The combination of two alpha and two gamma chains is known as haemoglobin F, and it is found in neonates’ blood (1% of its haemoglobin).


What would be the Consequences of a deficiency of Hemoglobin in our bodies?

Hemoglobin shortage has several negative effects on human bodies, including anaemia, a reduction in the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, and sluggish body organ function.

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