what to eat/drink before and after platelet donation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2011 at 2:15 AM

Anyone a regular platelet donor through apheresis? Notice any foods or drinks that help with the side effects?

I used to donate platelets regularly, but I tended to have problems -- tingling from hypocalcemia from the anticoagulants, faintness, and a lot of post-donation fatigue. (I'm right on the border of the 110-lb cutoff, so perhaps that had something to do with it.)

I'm going to try donating again in a couple of days, though -- my first time since going paleo.

The staff advised a non-fatty, non-meaty breakfast that morning. And they always offer carby, sugary food and drinks after donation. Ugh.

Would my morning bacon, eggs, and avocado really be such a bad idea? Should I have hot chocolate and cookies instead of a handful of nuts after? Any ideas about how can I recover more quickly?

I know, platelet donation is pretty neolithic. But it's for a good cause.

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on July 22, 2012
at 01:35 AM

Mark's Daily Apple (the primal blog) has a recent post talking about whole blood donation you might want to take a peek at.



on June 23, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I would eat liver



on June 23, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I don't think bringing a decent fresh squeezed orange juice and drinking it afterwards is going to kill you.


on April 28, 2012
at 01:49 PM

I don't know about after but I do know, before you go eat calcium. Calcium calcium calcium. The first time I gave platelets, I got tingly/felt nauseous but calcium really helped with that. Afterwards, I just ate normally.

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