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Athlete. Professor in college said that having blood regularly drawn can increase body's basal EPO over time, is this true?

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Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine
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In brief: Theoretically yes.

If one were to have high-volume regular blood draws that bring the body's blood level down, the body will produce more epo (erythropoietin) to try and make up for the loss.
However i would not recommend anything so extreme in practicality.

In brief: Theoretically yes.

If one were to have high-volume regular blood draws that bring the body's blood level down, the body will produce more epo (erythropoietin) to try and make up for the loss.
However i would not recommend anything so extreme in practicality.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Exactly. This is the extremely unethical and improper practice of blood-doping -- the blood is saved and reinfused after testing. I trust that our correspondent is not doing that. Thanks for answering.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Yes but...

There's confusion somewhere.
Every time you lose a little blood, you bump up your erythopoietin just a wee bit to help replace it. It's not going to give you any athletic advantage as you might get from making your hemoglobin levels way-high by reinfusing the removed blood. Train by common-sense, proven methods and ignore this kind of misguided foolishness.

In brief: Yes but...

There's confusion somewhere.
Every time you lose a little blood, you bump up your erythopoietin just a wee bit to help replace it. It's not going to give you any athletic advantage as you might get from making your hemoglobin levels way-high by reinfusing the removed blood. Train by common-sense, proven methods and ignore this kind of misguided foolishness.
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Dr. Michael Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology

In brief: Yes

A chemoreceptor in the kidney senses oxygen carrying capacity, and if diminished epo production is increased.

In brief: Yes

A chemoreceptor in the kidney senses oxygen carrying capacity, and if diminished epo production is increased.
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