By what mechanism does the body compensate for low oxygen availability in altitude sickness?

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Editor">Editor Staff asked 2 months ago

By what mechanism does the body compensate for low oxygen availability in altitude sickness?
 
(a) Increasing the binding affinity of hemoglobin
 
(b) Decreasing breathing rate
 
(c) Decreasing the binding affinity of hemoglobin
 
(d) Increasing red blood cell formation
 
This question was posed to me during a job interview.
 
My question is based upon Organisms and Populations in chapter Organisms and Populations of Biology – Class 12

1 Answers
Editor">Editor Staff answered 2 months ago

Correct option is (d) Increasing red blood cell formation
 
The explanation is: The body compensates for low oxygen availability in altitude sickness by increasing red blood cell formation that will increase the uptake of oxygen. A person experiences altitude sickness >3500 m or >8,000 feet.