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Rukoniak

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Hey guys, i'm wondering how often you donate blood?
I have been taking gear and blasting & cruising for 4 years now I have only donated blood around 5 times now.
Every time I go to donate they are surprised by how high my hgb is. Last time it was 197 grams per litre.
Im now donating as often as possible as advised by my doc.
Should I be worried about that number or will it go down in time if I keep donating? I have been cruising for 4 months now on 100mg of test e per week.
Thanks for any advice or input, cheers!
 

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After donating, hemoglobin level drops approximately 10-12 points.
You can donate whole blood every 60 days I believe, but be careful as frequently donations can cause iron stores to become depleted which lead to a myriad of problems.
After each donation get your ferritin levels checked to make sure they are in range
 

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After donating, hemoglobin level drops approximately 10-12 points.
You can donate whole blood every 60 days I believe, but be careful as frequently donations can cause iron stores to become depleted which lead to a myriad of problems.
After each donation get your ferritin levels checked to make sure they are in range
I Havnt been able to get below 180 for about a year, and I donate the maximum amount aloud.
@superbeast waS it you that posted a video with Stan E saying vitamin d can lower hemoglobin?
 

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I Havnt been able to get below 180 for about a year, and I donate the maximum amount aloud.
@superbeast waS it you that posted a video with Stan E saying vitamin d can lower hemoglobin?
following - I have to donate too because mine is also high
 

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I Havnt been able to get below 180 for about a year, and I donate the maximum amount aloud.
@superbeast waS it you that posted a video with Stan E saying vitamin d can lower hemoglobin?
I started out at 200 and managed to get it down to 175 after three donations in six months. Waited four months for next donation and level shot back up to 187 and that was just on cruise.
I’ve been blasting now for two months and I’m due to donate in mid July. Expecting it to be in the 190’s and will know soon enough
 

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Before moving here from US - I donated 2-3x per year.
But Canada won't let me donate blood. Type 1 diabetics are not allowed :-(
Not sure why - when type 2 diabetics can.
I may just wait for border to re-open I guess.

Or... Do you all know if a doc can simply write up a lab req for phlebotomy?
 

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Just to be clear here guys, two different things are being talked about here.

There is a difference between the two, hemoglobin and hemoglobin Alc are two types of proteins that circulate in our blood. The hemoglobin is the red protein that is responsible for the transport of oxygen while hemoglobin A1c is a minor component of hemoglobin that is bound to glucose.

Hemoglobin A1c is in the diagnostic test for diabetes and as an assessment test for glycemic control in people with diabetes.

Edit, i see that it is only the video that is referencing hemoglobin A1c.....
 

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I do two times a year every 6 months maybe do 3 this year because of a blast and dr apt with my trt doc to be ready for panel testing
 

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Before moving here from US - I donated 2-3x per year.
But Canada won't let me donate blood. Type 1 diabetics are not allowed :-(
Not sure why - when type 2 diabetics can.
I may just wait for border to re-open I guess.

Or... Do you all know if a doc can simply write up a lab req for phlebotomy?
I never heard that - I am type 2 myself. My father, my uncle and my aunt are all type 1.
 

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I never heard that - I am type 2 myself. My father, my uncle and my aunt are all type 1.
He is correct, type 1 diabetics are currently deferred....as per Canadian Blood Services ABCs of eligibility.

For type 2 it depends on whether or not you still use insulin but if you can control your blood sugar with diet or meds like metformin then you are eligible to donate.
 

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I never heard that - I am type 2 myself. My father, my uncle and my aunt are all type 1.
yep. I called Red Cross here to make appointment and they asked a few questions, including if I had T1D. Was told I can’t donate blood. To be clear, not because diabetic blood (under control BG levels) is any issue but because of Something to do with it being too risky for insulin dependent people. I’ve never heard of such a thing and never had any health issues from donating blood before...
 

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He is correct, type 1 diabetics are currently deferred....as per Canadian Blood Services ABCs of eligibility.

For type 2 it depends on whether or not you still use insulin but if you can control your blood sugar with diet or meds like metformin then you are eligible to donate.
I control mine via diet however I always have some Dex4 in the toolbox if something goes silly
 

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I donate blood every 3-5 months as well as take IP-6, my hemo and hema are barely budge :(
 
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