Monday, August 4, 2014

Does Donating Plasma Lower Your Cholesterol?

So, people these days will do anything basically to lose a little weight. That's why it doesn't surprise me to hear the latest weight loss and cholesterol fad is donating plasma or blood to lower your cholesterol.

I think this probably came about from a popular Huffington Post news article recently that said one pint of blood equals 417 cal, so you can lose 417 cal in an hour, the same as doing heavy cardio or jumping jacks just by donating a pint of blood.

To be honest, I don't think donating a pint will result in any weight loss, since you can only donate blood once every six months, and you just get hungry again to replenish the calories you lost for donating.

As for the cholesterol lost from donating plasma, you only lose about 16 g of calories, which is equal to about 1 ounce. This sounds like a lot of cholesterol loss, but when you stop to think about it, it's actually good cholesterol your losing, because the bad cholesterol, the HDL, sticks to your veins so it can't come out in liquid form.

In other words, the cholesterol you're losing when donating plasma is water-soluble, which is the good cholesterol that comes from seafood, peanut butter, olive oil, and mono and polyunsaturated fats, which is good for your heart.

So you might lose some good cholesterol, but since it's the good cholesterol that keeps the bad cholesterol in check, you're actually not doing your body any favors.

So if you want to donate plasma or blood, just do it for the cash. You can earn $60 a week, which is $240 a month. You can also help a lot of people by pharmaceutical companies using your plasma to make flu vaccines.

But don't do donate to lose cholesterol, or fat, because any effects are temporary, and any longer-term effects are actually detrimental to your body, and definitely won't help you get in shape.

Why Do I Pass Out After Donating Plasma?

Okay so there are a lot of reasons that you might pass out donating plasma. You could have low blood pressure which they tend to check for the plasma donation center but some people lie on the test and say that they have perfectly fine blood pressure.

You could also have celiac disease or diabetes, which tend to cause low blood pressure at random times and make you pass out while donating plasma.

They also say that smoking causes low blood pressure. This is why they tell you not to donate plasma for one hour after smoking cigarettes. But I don't know if that's true or not, or just a lie from those PSA antismoking commercials.

Other Causes of Low Blood Pressure

As for other things that cause low blood pressure, there's anorexia, and not eating for a while. If you take low blood pressure medication with hypertension, this can cause low blood pressure, but they tend to check for that at the plasma center before you go.

Those are all the things I know about that cause low blood pressure. I guess there's also hard drugs, downers, barbiturates like morphine, heroin, and alcohol. So, you know, just don't do any hard drugs like a day before donating plasma, and you should be all right.

So yeah, basically, the reason for passing out during plasma donation is low blood pressure, and most of the causes of low blood pressure they screen for before you even go and donate.

So if you don't lie on the test, and you don't have any diseases that you don't know about, you should be fine donating plasma, and not pass out. If a keeps happening though, you should probably get to the doctor to test for some hidden underlying medical condition, because that's not really normal to pass out during plasma donation.
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