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Old 09-28-2007, 07:01 AM   #1
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Smoking and test results

Does anyone know how long it takes CBC levels to return to normal after quitting smoking? Days, weeks, months?

Smoking can raise the RBC, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels and I was wondering just how long after quitting I can expect to see changes in bloodwork.


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Old 09-28-2007, 04:21 PM   #2
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Re: Smoking and test results

you know,i have been a smoker for many many years(since about 7th grade?some thirty years now)and not once has what you have stated ever been out of range for me,ever.i have to have my labs drawn on a very regular basis now due to kidney and liver disease and all of my labs,even the kidney and liver have always(thankfully) been totally within normal just really sounds rather odd that the labs you mentioned would be actually out of range just because you are smoking.i just never ever heard of this before in anyone who i have known who actually has been smoking for a long period of time.not saying it is not possible but i never heard of that particular connection before.are those labs you mentioned out of the norm in you currently?is this something your doc attributed to strictly smoking?

while i do know that smoking can affect various body sytems and affect certain labs like the O2 level in your blood,this is a first for me with the ones you have mentioned.all of my labs pretty much always have been within the normal ranges,and unfortunetly i do and have smoked at times rather heavily.alot of it goes with the stress and depression.but nothing has ever been affected and has been normal.what exact labs have been checked on you and what was actually out of range?was there a more specific type of reason that your labs were done or was this just part of a regular check up type appt?i am just wondering what actual reason those labs would be out of range(if indeed they were) on you that would not be attributed to actual smoking.while i can see how they 'could' be affected in some way due to smoking,they should not actually be out of the normal ranges 'just' from smoking,you know what i mean?the labs you mentioned are just pretty significant types of labs to have out of range.quite frankly,if they are actually out of the norm,i would be looking for another possible cause not just the fact that you smoked ya know?what has your doc told you?i am just concerned for you and hoping that your doc isn't just dismissing the labs and blaming them on something that may or may not be a real reason,thats just really need to be certain its not from some other underlying long ago did you stop smoking(congrats by the way on doing that)?when were your labs done?have you actually seen a downward trend in the labs at all since you quit or is it too soon to even go there?hopefully everything is fine with you but you just want to know for sure. **

Old 09-29-2007, 02:22 AM   #3
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Re: Smoking and test results

Hi feelbad! Awwww. Thanks so much for your kind concern. I'm really ok, sort of. Lotsa things going on right now, but nothing life-threatening at the moment (I think). Thyroid stuff, nutritional deficiency stuff, adrenal fatigue stuff, along with two outstanding biopsy results hanging over my head (with no answer after almost 3 weeks). Other than that, everything's fine. LOL!

I was cruising clinical websites regarding blood tests and the smoking thing came up on several of them. That got me thinking that the smoking might reflect things as being "normal" when they might actually not be if I weren't smoking.

I've had low ferritin for awhile now (it was at 7 the first time it was tested, and then up to 27 2 months ago when it was last tested). With the low ferritin, I was wondering if I actually was anemic and the smoking is raising the RBC, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels to show that I'm not. My levels for these are usually in the lower end of the range (below midrange). On another thread on the anemia board, someone else mentioned that they'd tested "normal" while they smoked, but after they quit smoking their results showed they were anemic. Yet more food for thought.

I haven't had the opportunity to talk to the doc about this. I see him on Monday and will bring it up. Since he's also a holistic MD, I expect to get a stern talking-to about the evils of smoking as well (managed to avoid that particular lecture so far. LOL!). I haven't quit smoking yet (yeah, I know), but I'm seriously getting to that point. Frankly, the mess, smell and cost are all getting to me. The health concern is in there somewhere too.

Since I'm having blood tests done every other month at this point, I was wondering how long it would take before the effects of quitting were seen in a CBC. Can't seem to find the info out there.

Thanks again and take care!

Last edited by Nyxie63; 09-29-2007 at 02:26 AM. Reason: Should really be more caffeinated before hitting the submit button

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