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What are the effects on your body of donating blood?

What are the effects on your body of donating blood?

Temporary changes: Blood donation will temporarily reduce the amount of blood cells in your body.Half or more of that blood is water, so a drink or two replaces the volume while your system creates new cells to replace what you gave away.People usually make 1-2% of new cells daily to replace old cells that wear out.Your system will replace the old & donated with little effect on you & you can do it again in 6wks. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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Do regular blood donation contribute to the amount of cholesterol in our body?

Do regular blood donation contribute to the amount of cholesterol in our body?

No, but prevents CAD: Donating blood does not affect cholesterol levels but lowers iron, which reduces oxidative stress & can reduce risk of getting a heart attack by as much as 88%! see http://blog.Lef.Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood.Html. ...Read more

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Can donating blood have any positive effects on the body?

Can donating blood have any positive effects on the body?

Not generally...: Interesting question. Not that I am aware of. I may look into this more. For people with high iron levels (eg, hemochromatosis), removing iron by removing blood may be beneficial. Also patients with polycythemia vera (pv) may benefit. ...Read more

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How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

56 days: Whole blood donation starts the 8 week donation time-out. Plasma or platelet donations have much shorter intervals, but whole blood is 56 days. ...Read more

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When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

Apheresis: Is associated with less dizziness since they give you some of the blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation. ...Read more

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I am thinking of donating blood very soon, but I have smoked weed within the past month, am i still able to donate?

I am thinking of donating blood very soon, but I have smoked weed within the past month, am i still able to donate?

Should be : I agree with dr. Pappas. History of IV drug use excludes. You can find a list of eligibility requirements at: http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-topic. ...Read more

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"save lives by donating blood 3 times a year." is it safe to donate blood 3 times a year? I want to donate blood but i'm not sure if it'll affect me.

Yes: What benefit would it be to kill off blood donors? Yes it is perfectly safe for healthy adults to donate every 56 days (up to 6 times per year). ...Read more

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What is isadvantage of blood donation?

Few if healthy: I am assuming the message reads 'disadvantage'. If so then the disadvantages are: mild pain at the needle site, volume loss replaceable with oral fluids; iron loss replaceable with oral iron supplements. It is the 'gift of life' for the recipients. ...Read more

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