Do males or females have a higher hematocrit?
|Blood Test||Purpose||Normal Range|
|Hematocrit (HCT)||% blood cells in whole blood||37–54%|
|Hemoglobin concentration||Hemoglobin concentration||12–18g/dl*|
|Red blood cell count||Number of red blood cells/microliter whole blood||4.2–6.3 million/microliter|
|White blood cell count||Determines total number of circulating white blood cells||600–9,000|
|*g/dl = grams/deciliter|
Males have a higher hematocrit, since they have a greater capacity to carry oxygen in order to supply the greater muscle mass of their bodies.