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Do you donate blood?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 09, 2012 at 7:24 PM

This is an interesting story Bloodletting might cut some health risks of obesity

I know a lot of people here probably donate blood. Have you experienced the benefits mentioned here for obese people?

a significant drop in blood pressure

lower resting heart rate

lower blood glucose levels w

a normalized ratio between LDL and HDL cholesterol was normalized.

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on July 01, 2012
at 05:30 AM

Definitely a lower heart rate (resting). Obviously this will also come with a higher fitness level, but I've definitely noticed it after giving blood consistently.

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Yeah, I was anemic, then a couple heart surgeries, then a couple tattoos...haven't qualified for a while!

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:03 AM

makes me wonder about Medieval bloodletting and leeches? maybe some truth to that ...

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on June 09, 2012
at 09:01 PM

"It makes my blood boil." Tell them that. It probably counts as a disqualifying condition

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on June 09, 2012
at 08:19 PM

It was funny because I kinda knew I was anemic and when I got my blood taken I had huge dark circles around my eyes and felt freaking cold.

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on June 09, 2012
at 08:06 PM

I have donated blood every 8-12 weeks for years. I'm a multiple "galloneer" at this point and always notice that I subjectively feel better a few days after donating. I wouldn't be surprised that there are other physiological benefits such as increased red blood cell turnover, blood glucose control, etc.

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on June 09, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Interesting. When I was obese, pre-paleo I was always slightly anemic and so never gave blood, but I'd be interested in seeing people's input.

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on June 09, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I did, but as I was anemic they refused my blood. My doctor kept telling me anemia = iron deficiency (despite me telling him my diet was high in iron). He's still saying it even though I don't have anemia anymore since eating a diet of orange juice, milk, coffee and some other stuff. It's sad that it has to be like that, who knows how many people get fucked up by their doctors like this? 2 people in my family got diagnosed with anemia, both got iron pills, one died 2 months later one started getting constipation and allergic symptoms for the first time in his life.

Yet when I try to discuss this with a doctor, people see me as a douche for questioning his authority.

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on June 09, 2012
at 08:19 PM

It was funny because I kinda knew I was anemic and when I got my blood taken I had huge dark circles around my eyes and felt freaking cold.

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on June 09, 2012
at 07:37 PM

As a formerly anemic person, I'm not even sure I qualify. I would if I could.

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Yeah, I was anemic, then a couple heart surgeries, then a couple tattoos...haven't qualified for a while!

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on November 04, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I used to. I've been Breastfeeding for 2 years so I still can't but as soon as this kid weans, I'm going in. My ferritin levels always run on the high side of normal (even now with monthly cycles + nursing!) and I always feel great for a week or two after a donation. This is good news. I love any excuse to do it.

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on November 04, 2012
at 02:45 PM

a few years ago (pre-paleo) I gave blood for the first time. My iron at that time was 12 and some change. Every time I went back after that I was at 11 and some change and couldn't donate. I've been paleo for about 6 months now and I went to donate yesterday; iron was at 12.9. I felt fine after donating and I haven't had any symptoms of tiredness post donation. I have an order from my Doc for labs that I've been neglecting, maybe now is a good time to do them and test this hypothesis.

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on June 09, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Yes. Easy way to lose a pound...temporarily. But now they've got my number and call ALL THE TIME. It makes my blood boil.

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on June 09, 2012
at 09:01 PM

"It makes my blood boil." Tell them that. It probably counts as a disqualifying condition

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on June 09, 2012
at 07:39 PM

yes. it increases short term Vo2 max.

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