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If you have been told you cannot donate because your hematocrit is too low, you should consider taking iron supplements. Frequent blood donors including whole blood, red cell, platelet and plasma donors should consider taking a daily multivitamin containing iron (usually about 18 mg of elemental iron) or another type of daily iron supplement between donations. Infrequent blood donors should consider daily iron supplementation for at least 60 days following donation. You should check with a physician or pharmacist familiar with your health history before taking any new dietary supplements. Iron supplements may affect the absorption of other medications, and may be not be recommended for everyone, including people with a history of iron absorption abnormalities or significant risk factors for or history of colorectal cancer.
You can help prevent iron deficiency by eating a well-balanced diet that includes lean meat, shrimp, green leafy vegetables, beans, fruits, nuts and whole grain bread.
Click here to view the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements Iron Fact Sheet for Consumers.
Click here to view iron content in foods list as referenced in the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database.
You may have been deferred, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help save lives in other ways. Depending upon the type of deferral, you may still be able to help save lives through ongoing research and clinical trials at San Diego Blood Bank.
Blood donors are understandably disappointed when they are told they are deferred. But donors who were deferred for reasons such as travel, medications or hepatitis C are able to help us during their temporary or permanent deferrals.
A single tube of blood has the potential to help save millions of lives!
We are able to use your donation to study a number of factors that will lead to better understanding and treating diseases. Donating for research can have tremendous impact in our community’s health.
The choice is yours, but we hope to include you in the results of some significant medical findings.
For more information regarding research and clinical trials call Gateway Donor Center at 1-800-469-7322.