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How do you increase the levels of red blood cells in the blood?



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Legally? Or illegally?

The legal way is to increase your level of cardiovascular activity. That will boost your hematocrit somewhat. So will living at a higher altitude, where the partial pressure of oxygen is less than at sea level. Your body accommodates the increased oxygen demand, or decreased supply, by making more hemoglobin and red cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues.

The illegal way is to take erythropoetin, EPO. This stimulates your body to make more hemoglobin. It can also thicken your blood enough to cause serious health problems.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Director
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois



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