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29 Nov 2004

Does anyone know if donating blood shortens your lifespan?
Hi all

I know this is probably a question for Cyberdoc, but I was hoping to get some answers from you guys as well. Does anyone know of any reason why a person should NOT donate blood. The reason I ask is because when I donated blood last year I was told by a higly knowlegable person that donating blood actually shortens your lifespan, this person went on to describe exactly what happens to the body when donating blood. I would hate to think this is true, but I can't help but wonder. Do you think this is true?
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CyberShrink
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01 Jan 0001

No it doesn't shorten your life at all. Obviously if you donated far too much it could harm your health, but no responsible Blood Transfusion service would allow you to do that, and if you tried to, the quality of the blood you donated would fall, and become much less useful. I very srongly doubt whether the "highly knowledgeab;e" person you met last year actually knows much at all.
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