What Does It Mean When Your Monocytes Are High?


Your doctor orders a CBC, you go to the lab, and they draw a syringe of blood from your forearm. A few hours to days later, the results come back: your monocytes are high. Feeling afraid is nothing but ordinary, it is a human reaction, especially when you don’t know what it means. Our ancestors weren’t thrilled when they saw fire, they were terrified and it took them hundreds of thousands of years to use it on their advantage.

In this article, we will explain what does it mean when you have high monocyte count and any blood element in general.

Why do we have cells in our blood?

Blood is a tissue, which means it consists of cells, but unlike other tissues, it is in liquid form. Cells of the blood include red blood cells, almost always abbreviated as RBCs or erythrocytes, white blood cells -or WBCs- which are also termed leucocytes, and platelets. The fluid of our blood is called plasma, and it consists of water, proteins, glucose, and minerals. Each element of our blood has a specific function, and all of them are calibrated perfectly thanks to an advanced control system, both neurological and -to a greater extent- hormonal. The average volume of blood of an adult male is about 5 liters, and the cellular component makes up about 45%.